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14th Century White Horse Inn, St James Street, Dover, Kent, England, UK

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John Latter on September 15, 2009

A view from the south of the14th Century building 'TheWhite Horse Inn', St James Street, Dover, UK.

The ruins of Old St James Church are on the right (see more Dover churches) of the photo and Hubert Passage (which goes uphill to join Castle Hill Road on its way to Dover Castle) lies between the church and the pub.

A plaque inside Old St James Church says, "The White Horse Inn next door to the church is said to date back to about 1300, although most of the building visible today dates from the 18th Century."

The information plaque at the bottom right of the southern gable end of The White Horse (visible in the above photo) states:

History (Abridged)

Said to have been erected in the reign of Edward III (1312-1377). In 1365 the premises was occupied by the Verger of St James' Church which stood next door. With the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539, the house was no longer connected to the Church.

In 1574 it became home to a string of 'Ale Tasters of Dover' residents. The White Horse had been known as 'The City of Edinburgh' from 1635, its name and sign having been taken from a wrecked American freighter (? America was still a Colony then)

It became the meeting place for Actors and Players from the Dover Theatre in the 18th Century.

The name changed around 1818 when the house was frequently used for inquests, often relating to bodies recovered from the sea. these are said to have been stored in what is now our dining area to the rear of the property.

In 1865, a Mr John Friend sold the house along with 'The Five Alls' (another Dover pub, once located in Market Street near the Market Square). Satchell was the owner in 1881 when the property was sold again to the Kingsford Brothers for the princely sum of £870 0s 0d (870 pounds). It was described as 'a freehold property in the Hamlet of Uphill'. Later its ownership went to George Beer (see the Old Dover photo of The Malvern Inn) who began opening at 5am in 1890 and later merged with the Fremlins Brewery.

Alterations to The White Horse in 1952 uncovered a programme for Dover Theatre dated 1809 advertising Harlequin and Mother Goose. This is still displayed in the pub today.

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John Latter on November 23, 2010
John Latter on November 24, 2010

The White Horse Inn is a Grade II Listed Building (1).

The following is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under the terms of the Click-Use Licence (PSI licence number C2010002016):

Building Details:

Building Name: WHITE HORSE INN Parish: DOVER District: DOVER County: KENT Postcode:


LBS Number: 177822 Grade: II Date Listed: 17/12/1973 Date Delisted: NGR: TR3225041565

Listing Text:

WOOLCOMBER STREET 1. (East Side) 1050 White Horse Inn TR 3241 1/157


2. Late C18 (C18 = 18th Century) to early C19. 2 storeys, the front elevation stuccoed. Tiled roof with 2 hipped dormers. Stone coping. 3 sashes with verticals only, I a triple sash. C19 right side bar front. Central doorcase with fanlight. Plinth. Side elevation of brick which has an extension of 2 storeys roughcast.

White Horse Inn and Remains of St. James`s Church form a group.

Listing NGR: TR3225041565

Source: English Heritage. Click to see photos of Listed Buildings and English Heritage sites in the town of Dover, England.

(1) Grade II: buildings that are "nationally important and of special interest".

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  • Uploaded on September 13, 2009
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2009/09/10 11:33:20
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