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Page Updated:- Sunday, 20 October, 2019.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1768

White Horse

Open 2019+

53 High Street

Bridge

01227 833830

https://whatpub.com/white-horse-inn

White Horse 1909

Above photo, circa 1909, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

White Horse 1932

Above postcard circa 1932, kindly supplied by Rory Kehoe.

White Horse 1934

Above postcard, circa 1934, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

White Horse 1935

Above photo, circa 1935, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

White Horse 1958

Above photo, circa 1958, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

White Horse at Bridge circa 1970

White Horse at Bridge circa 1970.

Bridge map 1896

Above map 1896.

White Horse at Bridge White Horse sign at Bridge

Above two photos by Paul Skelton, 22 Aug 2008.

White Horse sign 1985White Horse sign 1991

White Horse sign left July 1985, right July 1991.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis www.innsignsociety.com

White Horse sign 2017

Above sign 2017.

White Horse card 1951

Above aluminium card issued June 1951. Sign series 3 number 42.

From the book "Inns of Kent"; Whitbread & Co. Ltd.; 1948.

White Horse sign 1948

Leaving Canterbury by the Dover road, you will come after three miles to Bridge, and there in the centre of the village The "White Horse" stands to welcome you. This inn was once a 'baiting' or halting house, hardly distant enough from Dover for a full stage but convenient for a change of horses. It is neet and proper that the forge should be next door, thus providing yet another example of that happy English disposition to live by taking in each other's washing. Shoeing the horses changed at the inn would be hot work and the pint of Kentish ale literally at the elbow a pleasant means of returning patronage; and so, no doubt, both smith and innkeeper prospered through the centuries until the New Iron Age.

The "White Horse" is old, as may be seen from the Tudor fireplace in the large bar with its moulded beams above. Dimly seen in the background of the cellar behind the bar are many barrels with neat linen covers, waiting to be broached, for here all beer is drawn direct from the wood. On the lintel of the great fireplace may be seen the remains -- now, alas, almost indecipherable -- of a white horse painted long, long ago; surely a rare place to find an inn sign!

The front of The "White Horse" is Regency, or very early simple Victorian. There is a car park and, behind, the kind of garden only Kent can produce -- but then it is in the heart of the Garden of England and Bridge is surrounded by orchards, parks and the seats of the gentry and nobility, most of whom, one is glad to hear, are content to share their wide domains, temporarily at least, with those who can appreciate to the full the beauties of nature.

 

 

I have reference to this pub from the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle September 1768, when the paper advertised the sale of household furniture of Colonel Parr, at his House in Burgate Street, Canterbury. It was stated that catalogues could be obtained from this public house. See Notes of 1768.

 

Kentish Gazette 22 March 1769.

This is to acquaint all lovers of auriculars, that on Thursday the 6th of April, will be an Auricular Feast, at Sarah Gilbert's, the "White Horse, in Bridge: The best flower produced, will be entitled to a Guinea; the second best to Fifteen Shillings. Each Flower that is entitled to a Prize, must have Six Pips. And every Person that shews a Flower, must have had it in his Possession Fourteen Days before the Day of shewing, which must be attested upon Oath if required. No Person will be entitled to a Prize, but who has subscribed Half a Crown Three Months before the Day of shewing, unless he makes it up Five Shillings on the Feast Day, before One o'Clock. No Flower to be entitled to a Prize, unless it is in the House before One o'Clock. And no Person to win two Prizes. Every Person that shews a Flower to appoint an Umpire.

N. B. There will be a good Twelvepenny Ordinary at One o'Clock.

 

From the Kentish Gazette, February 27 to March 3, 1770. Kindly sent from Alec Hasenson.

Cock-fighting at the White Horse in Bridge, March 6, 1770.

 

From the Kentish Gazette, 5 January 1774.

LOST,

On Tuesday Evening, the 4th of Instant, between Canterbury and Halfway House to Dover.

A SACK,

Containing three Shirts, two Neckcloths, two Pair of Stockings, a Pair of Boot Stockings, a Pair of Shoes, a Pair of Boot Shoes, a Pair of Gloves, and two Books.

Whoever has found the aforesaid Sack, and will bring the same to Mr. Noyse, at the “Mermaid”, Canterbury, or to Mr. Palmer at the “White Horse” in Bridge, or to Mrs, Gibson at the “Royal Oak” in Dover, shall receive HALF A GUINEA Reward.

 

From the Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 07 September 1819.

Valuable Brewery free public houses and other Estates to be sold by auction by Mrs White without reserve.

Lot 28. A Messuage, called the "White Horse," stable, outhouses, yards, gardens, ground, and appurtenances, situate in or near Bridge-street, in the parish of Bridge, in the said county, and now in the occupation of Ann Chalcraft, widow.

 

From the Kentish Chronicle, 8 December, 1860.

SUDDEN DEATH AT BRIDGE.

Mr. Fox held an inquest at the "White Horse Inn," on the body of Thomas Austen, 78 years of age, a pauper, who died in the Union on Monday night or early on Tuesday morning. An old man who slept in the same ward, heard the deceased make a gurgling noise; but he did nothing, as such a noise had often been made by the deceased.

The jury returned a verdict of "Natural death."

 

 

In The White Horse a famous brawl took place which is recorded in the Church Archives of Christopher Applegate, a contemporary of Marlowe, I am afraid my research hasn't given a date for the above.

 

From The Dover Express, Friday, May 11, 1934.

BRIDGE. DART MATCH.

On Tuesday evening, the "White Horse" dart team defeated the Kent Flying Club dart team, from Bekesbourne, by 6-2.

Mr. Fairservice captained the winners and Mr. Ellen the losers. The musical interludes given by "Daisy" Miles and his boys, were greatly appreciated.

 

From an email received 11 May 2014.

I have been researching my family history for several years.

The 1911 census for the "White Horse" at Bridge, shows the following:-

William George Taylor aged 60 lincensed victualler born Ramsgate

Emma Taylor age 60 his wife assisting in the business born Rolvenden

Henry Prebble son-in-law assisting in the business born Elmstead

Agnes Maria Prebble daughter assisting in the business born Dungeness

Alfred James Austin who was Emma Taylor's brother and retired

Albert Bates who was a lodger

 

My maternal grandparents were Henry and Agnes Prebble and William Taylor was my grandmother's step father. She is described as his daughter on the census. Emma Taylor was my grandmother's step mother. My grandmother's father died when she was 4 months old and her mother married William Taylor. Her mother died soon after and William Taylor married Emma Austin. There were no further children.

I remember my grandmother saying there was a parrot at the pub but nothing else.

Hope the above will be of interest.

Regards,

 

Angela Smith.

 

Saturday 30th June 2007. Ghost Search.

White Horse Inn, The Posting House, though Bridge is only half a stage from Dover. It has an 18th century exterior, with late medieval core. An Early 16th century inscription on the fireplace lintel is insitu. The house is visible in Schellinks' 1661 drawing of the High Street. Cathedral archives record a brawl here involving Christopher Applegate, a Marlowe contemporary, and the first meeting of the workhouse guardians was held here, 22 April 1835.

 

A good number of orbs were captured on camera when we visited this inn on our scanning appointment.

A male energy, who felt cold as he approached, made it clear that he considered himself to be the 'boss' of this establishment. He came across as stern, strict yet kind hearted and I feel that at one time he could well have been a Landlord. He was a full figure of a man who liked to smoke (you could tell that by the tobacco stains at the tip of his moustache); he was a lover of Ale and had a really deep belly laugh. This man would have passed over in the 1920's. A military man stepped in to see us while we were there, he said he had no connection with the building, yet had said that his regiment had marched passed this building (the feeling was the 16th century). He came dressed in a red/burgundy jacket, red hat with a black peak. This gentleman (name given as James Donald Caprice) was shot in the neck by a musket ball. Strong connections as a coaching house were given (before we knew that it was a coaching house) and that an unexpected distinguished guest would have stayed here over night. We were given that a horses shoe came off (guest in a carriage) and they stopped over for this to be taken care of. I shall have this looked into to establish if this is true, but we were told that the special guest was non other than Queen Victoria??

A number of children were also on site, two being sisters, Katrina 12 years & Josephine 8 years, the surname given was Cartela (unknown spelling). Small Leylines runs through this property.

We have the whole of the property to discover, the top floor (rooms in attic) felt not as welcoming as the rest of the abode!

 

The Investigation Report.

It was one of those venues, full of promise, but with little forthcoming on the night. It all seemed to be stop-start, with no flow.

We started with table tipping and although the table did move it was not the usual frantic movement, more of a stutter. We did however sit one of the female guests onto a stool and got Spirit to move the stool, but even this was limited to a small amount of movement and was over in a minute or two.

Our group then went to the living room and whilst standing in a circle several of the guests saw bright lights sparkle against the wall and move across the ceiling.

Steve felt a male energy but couldn't seem to connect with him. I managed to get some information, his name was James Harrington, he stood about 5'10" and was slim with dark hair. He then just left us with no further information. One of the guests said that her hands felt tingly and she felt a heavy weight on her shoulder.

We then tried some glasswork, but again it was just stop/start with no real evidence or information being gained. I then tried an experiment with one of the EMF meters. I asked Spirit to step forward and light up the lights on the meter, and the lights all flashed almost straight away. I asked if the Spirit was a male and the lights did not move, but when asked if they were female the meter lit up like a Christmas tree. I had the name of Mary given to me, and, when I asked if this was her name, again the lights just danced. Using the lights (flashing=yes) we gleaned the following. Mary has passed over in 1720 (one of the guest had picked up this year). She had passed of old age, without any illness or disease. She had been married and had 9 children, and was happy to be re-united with her family in the world of Spirit. When I asked if she would try to move the glass for us, she gave us a yes. Unfortunately the movement did not happen.

We then went for a break and several guests had a go of the Ouija board with various levels of success.

We held a grand séance with everyone to end the night, just to see if we could generate enough energy to tempt Spirit though. There was only one person forthcoming. He presented himself to me as P/O Ray Williams (or Williamson). He was about 5'6" tall and had short dark hair swept straight back. He was wearing a flying jacket (brown fur lined leather) and fur lined boots. He had passed over aged 19yrs in 1942. He showed me a scene where as his plane went to take off, the right hand side undercarriage just collapsed and the plane exploded. This was to have been his first time in action. Carole (our host) informed us that during the 2nd world war the pub had been used as a billet for air force officers.

Donna asked him if he would tell us his parents names and he replied his Mums name was Morag, but that was all that I could get from him before he left.

All in all bit of a disappointing night, but not a complete loss.

Many thanks to Carole for her hospitality and the tasty buffet.

 

Pete & Steve (Ghost Search Uk Paranormal investigators).

http://www.ghostsearchuk.co.uk/

 

 

In the 1911 census, William Fairservice was given as living in Tonbridge being a professional cricketer for the Kent County Cricket, age 29.

Information received August 2016 says that the pub is still closed after suffering water damage sustained from the flooding of 2015. It is hoped that the pub will reopen.

I believe the pub is again open (2017.)

Closed again and boarded up December 2018. I heard there was a fire there in August and the pubco tenants just left. Latest news is there may be hope for this as the lease is still being advertised.

 

From the https://www.kentonline.co.uk 16 April 2018.

Fire at White Horse Inn pub, Bridge.

Two fire engines were called to tackle a small blaze inside a historic country pub.

It broke out at the White Horse Inn in Bridge this evening.

Witnesses said flames could be seen coming from a room upstairs.

White Horse fire 2018

Fire crews at the scene.

Two fire engines were sent to the scene at around 7.45pm.

White Horse fire 2018

Flames could be seen coming from the pub.

A fire service spokesman said: "Everybody inside the property was evacuated safety and there were no reported injuries.

"Crews used breathing apparatus and a hose reel jet to extinguish the blaze.

"The cause isn't know at this stage."

 

From the https://www.kentonline.co.uk By Marijke Hall, 9 March 2019.

Queen's former footman takes over as landlord of the White Horse Inn in Bridge.

A former footman to the Queen who served the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle is the new face behind the bar of a popular village pub.

Christian Diamant, who grew up in Eastling in Faversham and went to school in Canterbury, has taken over the pumps at the "White Horse Inn" in Bridge.

The executive chef says it feels like returning home after spending 20 years in Cornwall.

Christian Diament

Christian Diament who has taken over as landlord at the White Horse in Bridge. Picture: Chris Davey.

It’s coming home to village life,” he said.

“I have customers coming in who I knew from my teens.”

Christian admits he has packed a lot in over the years, working as a footman and under-butler for the Queen, serving at state visits and royal weddings such as that of Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex.

A move to Truro in Cornwall saw him running the area’s first gay nightclub and then opening his own bistro.

He was also an avid campaigner in the fight to legalise same-sex marriage as the founder and organiser of Cornwall Pride.

“To cut a long story short, I came back and took on Shepherd Neame’s "Royal Naval Reserve" in Whitstable,” he said.

White Horse 2019

The White Horse in Bridge. Picture: Chris Davey

“It’s an amazing high street pub, a great boozer.

“Shepherd Neame did a refurbishment but it wasn’t quite right for me.

“I now have the "Smack" in Whitstable and I was going to go to the "Blean Tavern" but that is now being sold so here I am.

“I love it.

“I’m a fun, flamboyant landlord who wakes up every day loving what I do.

White Horse staff 2019

Christian Diament and his team at the "White Horse" in Bridge. Picture: Chris Davey

“Coming to Bridge is like coming home.”

Mr Diamant, who lives at the family-friendly pub, writes the menus and has a “young, brilliant, chef” in the kitchen producing the food.

“I’m the landlord, the executive chef and general dogsbody,” he admits.

“I’ve brought a friend with me from London who is front-of-house, he’s worked at The Ivy, and my cousin is here from Madrid to work behind the bar.

“We have a great team.”

 

LICENSEE LIST

PALMER Mr 1774+

CHALCRAFT Ann 1819+

COLEGATE Frederick 1828-39+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839

SHERRARD Richard 1840-58 Pigot's Directory 1840Bagshaw's Directory 1847Melville's 1858 (also postmaster)

HORNSBY Charles F 1861-74+ (age 38 in 1861Census) Post Office Directory 1862Post Office Directory 1874

WEBB James 1881-82+ (age 59 in 1881Census)Post Office Directory 1882

SHAIL George 1899+ Kelly's 1899

TAYLOR William George 1911+ Census

THORNE Timothy 1913-Jan/1914 Post Office Directory 1913Dover ExpressWhitstable Times

Last pub licensee had COLLINGWOOD Edmund John Jan/1914-Jan/16 dec'd Whitstable TimesDover Express

COLLINGWOOD Alice Jan/1916+ Whitstable Times

GODDARD Mrs Dora F 1918+ Post Office Directory 1918

CHIDWICK William 1922+ Post Office Directory 1922

DEAN Andrew Frank 1930+Post Office Directory 1930

FAIRSERVICE William John 1934-39+ (age 38 in 1939) Kelly's 1934Post Office Directory 1938

???? Carole 2008+

RAY Tony 2011+

Last pub licensee had DIAMENT Christian Mar/2019+

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Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Pigot's Directory 1839From the Pigot's Directory 1839

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1918From the Post Office Directory 1918

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

CensusCensus

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express

Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald

 

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