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Earliest 1419-

White Horse

1747 (Name to)

Church Hill

Harbledown

 

The "White Horse," Church Hill is mentioned in a document, dated 1419, found in the archives of St. Nicholas' Hospital as "the house next (to) the "Duke's Head," late the "White Horse." This would suggest that there were two pubs, next door to each other, in the early 15th century skip a couple of hundred years and the "White Horse" appears in the Harbledown Licensing List of 1723.

What happens next is confusing! In 1747 the "White Horse" appears to have changed its name to the "Duke William." This is the year after the Battle of Culloden and as commander of the victorious Government forces, Prince William AKA the Duke of Cumberland was very popular but only south of the Tweed!

However, I have also found reference to the "White Horse" mentioned in the Kentish Gazette of 1775. Perhaps one of the "Duke's" changed name back again.

 

From the Kentish Gazette, 11 October 1775.

To be SOLD to the highest Bidder.

On Tuesday, the 17th Day of this instant October, exactly at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, at the Sign of the "Gate" near Harbledown, in the County of Kent, in Two Lots.

All that freehold Messuage or Tenement (formerly known by the Sign of the "White Horse") with the Close, Yard, Garden, Orchard, and Appurtenances thereunto belonging; situate, lying, and being in the Parish of Harbledown, in the County of Kent, near the Turnpike, and now in the Occupation of Mr. Thomas Davison.

For further Particulars please to apply to Mr. Cumming, at Canterbury.

October 4, 1775.

 

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