White Horse Whepstead
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Rede Rd, Whepstead, Bury St Edmunds IP29 4SS

The History

The White HorseThe White Horse inn was built in the 17th century as a farmhouse, the architectural details suggest it was built in the early 1600's, maybe as early as circa 1600. There are several examples of stop chamfer moldings on the beams in the downstairs bar and restaurant that are typical of this date. The wide oak floorboards on the first floor and attic also suggests 17th century as does the positioning of the inglenook fireplace. The quality of the timber frame indicates a high status house and unusually the timbers on the first floor appear of a higher quality than the ground floor.

It was built on the three- cell lobby entrance plan, the front door opposite the stack annd to the left would of been the parlour with a parlour chamber above and to the right the hall that served as a combination of kitchen, dining and lounge. Above the hall is the hall chamber. Beyond the hall there is a third bay where the 19th century extension stands. This would have been the service end and an area used for storing foodstuffs and ale. The service end was probably destroyed in the 19th century to make way for the new parlour and parlour chamber/master bedroom. Some of the windows are in roughly the same position as the origional openings but others have been blocked up on the rear elevation.

The White HorseThe Suffolk Record Office shows that the White Horse was run as a ale house from 1844, although this does not mean it was not run as one before this. We do know that inquests were held at The White Horse as well as ale being sold!

1860. Bury and Norwich Post Newspaper Archive.

There was a fatal accident to a man named Jolly aged 47 employed by a Mr George Rollinson of Rede. The Inquest was held at The White Horse Whepstead.George Arnold, in the employ of Mr John Cooke of the Steam Mills at Bury, said he had been to Hartest and was cominng down the hill from whepstead towards the wash at the bottom when he saw deceased with a tumbrel of stones with three horses coming down Harram Hill, deceased was hanging on the shafts trying to stop it but with the weight it kept gathering on them, deceased fell down and the horse kept running through the water and about 40 yards up to the other hill. Witness said he caught the horses and tied them up and got deceased into his cart to take to the White Horse Whepstead when he died. Enquiries were made at public houses on the road and there was no evidence of having drink of any kind. Verdict - Accidental Death.

This is the research done so far on The White Horse Whepstead by the Whepstead Historical Group. We thank them for their time spent doing this.