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No 19 High Street - The White Horse

This now residential property, known as 'White Horse Cottage' was built by William Downing in 1792 and bought for £180 by William Gooch., in its early life, was a public house, 'The White Horse'.

Sold to William Smith and John Bye. The latter also acquired the premises next door (No 21 High Street) in 1802

William Smith and his wife Elizabeth are recorded as owners.

James Gillings - Beer House Keeper, 'The White Horse'.

Note: We suspect that although James Maggs spells the name 'Gillings', this is the same person as James Jillings whose name appears on the title deeds of the premises next door (No 21 High Street) in 1856. James Jillings is known to be a publican; he will buy the Red Lion (No 2 South Green) in 1863. (Requires validation)

Henry Sayer succeeds James Gillings as Licensee. Gillings takes over the Bear Inn at Reydon (M)

Charles Newby - Coal merchant and beer retailer. His wife, Harriet describes herself as 'Landlady'. On census night 1881 her lodgers consisted of several hawkers and labourers.(C1861 - C1881)

The White Horse becomes an Adnams house. It appears that the pub gains an undesirable reputation, being frequented by 'Gentlemen of the road, tramps, German bands and bear tamers'. Its licence is withdrawn.

Edward Holsey - Beer Retailer (Source)

Mary Ann Leago - runs The White Horse as a 'Common lodging House'.


Mary Ann Leago -
'Keeper of Common Lodging House'. (C)

Di Herways (?)
Mr Harry Smith(?)



The White Horse becomes a private residence








Do you have any memories or records about this address? Can you correct any of our information or fill in any of our blanks? If so, please email Barry Tolfree
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BSD - Bernard Segrave-Daly
BCS = Bygones & Characters of Southwold by Barrett Jenkins
C = Census
CP = Cinema Programme 1958
CSP = Coronation Souvenir Programme 1953
G = Gales Trade Directory
GRO = General Register Office
K = Kelly's Directory
LM = Local memory
M = James Maggs' Southwold Diary 1818-1876
MCG = Methodist Church Guide 1930
NA = National Archives
PP = Pantomime Programme 1933
PLR = Petrol Licence Records

POD = Post Office Directory
PPP = Pier Pavilion Programme 1924, 1926
RCE = Rotary Club Exhibition 1969
SCM = Southwold Catholic Magazine 1923
SCTG = Southwold Corporation Tourist Guide
SER = Southwold Electoral Register
SFP = Southwold Scouts Fete Programme 1947
SG = Southwold Guide
SGCH = Southwold Golf Club Handbook
SLHR = Southwold Local History Recorder 1980s 1990s (Mrs R. McDermot)
SMHS = Southwold Museum & Historical Society

SN = Southwold & Neighbourhood 1903
SPM = Southwold Parish Magazine 1895 -1954
SR = Southwold Recorder 1927, 1932, 1934, 1935
SRB = Southwold Rate Book
SRT = Southwold Railway Timetable 1915
SSAS = Southwold Sea Angling Society Handbook 1909
SST = Southwold Summer Theatre Programmes
SSW = Southwold Shopping Week Programme, June/July 1922
STG = Southwold Town Guide 1930
SVL = Southwold Visitors List 1907, 1930
SVCP = Southwold Victory Celebration Programme 1946
SWCG = Southwold Wesleyan Church Guide

TTR = 'The Town Revisited' - Portraits of Southwold by Stephen Wolfenden 2000
TTT = ''To The Town' - Portraits of Southwold by Stephen Wolfenden 1988
W = White’s History, Gazetteer and Directory of Suffolk 1874

Note on dates
Unless otherwise stated, dates given do not indicate the years in which the business started or finished but those for which there is firm evidence that it was trading at this address. Sources in brackets; key at bottom of page.

The White Horse at the turn of the century. The family to the left of the picture are the Goffins who run the butcher's shop at No 21.
Photo courtesy of David Lee.
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