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White House

Closed Mar 2021

Hill Top

Hunton

01622 820520

https://whatpub.com/white-house

White House 2015

Above photo 2015 by Deri James Creative Commons Licence.

White House 2015

Above photo 2015.

White House sign 2015

Above sign August 2015.

With thanks from Brian Curtis www.innsignsociety.com.

White Horse matchbox

Above matchbox, circa 1980s, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

 

Arthur and Janet Morris bought the building in 1971 and opened it in March 1972. When you entered it was just like someone's house with a log fire.

Following the death of Arthur (The Man behind the bar) in February 2007 his widow Janet continued to run the pub until she died in March 2021. It was closed following a celebration of Jan's life by friends and patrons.

Unfortunately after the sad death of licensee Jan Morris the developers moved in with plans to convert the only pub in the village into flats. No idea where that is going to leave the local farmers and church clientele who have run many charity functions there, or indeed their 50 plus members who play petanque on the 8 floodlit pistes in the back garden.

 

From the https://www.kentonline.co.uk By Thomas Reeves, 22 April 2021.

Tribute paid to Jan Morris of the White House pub, near Maidstone.

A pub landlady is being remembered for her loving and caring nature.

Jan Morris, who ran the White House pub in West Farleigh, near Maidstone, died at Maidstone Hospital last month, aged 82. She had suffered a stroke at the pub, which was also her home.

Arthur and Jan Morris

Jan Morris alongside husband Arthur at the White House pub in West Farleigh. Picture supplied by Simon Ells.

Friend Simon Ells had various spells working there alongside Jan and her late husband, Arthur.

He said: “She was a very independent lady. She knew how she wanted the pub to be run.

“She was lovely. She would help anybody out and was very, very popular with the customers.

“We often had people who had never come in before, saying it was like walking into somebody’s lounge because Jan was always friendly and welcoming.”

Born in Penenden Heath, Mrs Morris spent her early years showjumping at Invicta Park.

Jan Morris

Jan was a real animal-lover. Picture supplied by Simon Ells.

She met Arthur in 1962 while he was doing National Service and, four years later, they got married.

They initially lived with Arthur’s family.

The couple took the tenancy of the "One and Only" pub on Shepway Green in the mid 1960s.

They then moved into the White House in 1971 after buying it at auction for 11,000.

Mr Ells, 57, said the White House became an integral part of the community and was well-known for charity fundraising. Jan and Arthur secured nearly 100,000 for good causes.

Arthue and Jan Morris

Jan and Arthur spent many years together at the pub. Picture supplied by Simon Ells.

Mrs Morris continued to run the White House after Arthur died in 2007.

She was also heavily involved with the White House Petanque Club and had been president.

“The petanque club has been going for years now. They have got six Pistes - playing areas - down there and they have around 50 members,” Mr Ells said.

“That has been very successful. Jan was very enthusiastic about that and she was the president of White House Petanque Club.

“She always liked that."

Animal-lover Mrs Morris owned sheep, rabbits, ducks, goats, parrots and cats during various stages of her eventful life.

A private funeral service took place today, while donations can be made to Buttercups Sanctuary For Goats through https://bit.ly/3dyqHbX

 

LICENSEE LIST

Last pub licensee had MORRIS Arthur & Jan 1971-2007

MORRIS Janet Hazel Ann 2008-13/Mar/21 dec'd

 

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