Hitcham White Horse
Hitcham White Horse
The Street, IP7 7NQ
grid reference TL 982 512
A Grade II listed one-time free house, believed to date from mediaeval times. It is situated midway between Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds. The pub had a warm and friendly atmosphere and catered for all types of functions. To the left of the entrance was a separate public bar with a pool table, dart board and other pub games. Straight ahead was the lounge, dining room, and restaurant.
B&B rooms were opened mid-2010.
In May 2015, planning permission for conversion to residential use was granted on appeal. The impression was that pub would close as soon as a buyer has been found, but it was found de-signed and evidently only operating as a B&B when visited in November 2015, while still apparently for sale.
The pub can be seen on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. …
Alfred Snell and Jonathon "Tidy" Stiff were found guilty of stealing the life savings of Edward Scarf at Preston. Benjamin Payne landlord of the White Horse, Hitcham, confirmed that Snell had been at his house looking for "Tidy" Snell on the Friday after the robbery. When questioned by the police Stiff claimed he had not seen Snell "since he was up sodgering with me". Snell and Stiff were sentenced to three years penal servitude."Ipswich Journal, March 22nd 1862** (when Benjamin Payne was the landlord)
Reference to Eunice HUDSON of the White Horse Inn, Hitcham, in a claim against William Bird & James Hoddy, labourers, both residing at Brettenham, involving damage to a wire blind, some mugs and a glass, valued at 10s…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.