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Wickham Market White Hart

historical era: late 20th century

opened pre-1652

closed 1985

Market Hill

grid reference TM 301 558

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listed building grade II*

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last updated 06/10/2016

A former coaching inn and posting house whose core was built in the late 15th century, the remaining fa├žade dates from the late 18th century. Now a row of shops.

According to A Survey of Suffolk Parish History, the White Hart was recorded in churchwarden's accounts for 1652/3.

A reference in the Ipswich Journal*** on 13 Dec 1746 to the White Hart, Wickham Market

Was a commercial hotel and Posting House

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in July 1830 states that :

A desirable inn to let for a term of years, that exceedingly commodious well known pleasantly situated Inn the White hart, in Wickham Market, on the great road from London to Yarmouth, distant from the former 82 miles, the later 41 miles, the direct posting stage to Aldeburgh, Southwold and Lowestoft. The house is lately much improved, the business long established, and now in high repute with large returns in the sale of wine, spirits, the home brewed beer trade and posting. The household furniture, brewing plant, stock of beer, wines, spirits, horses, harness, carriages, etc., to be taken at a valuation, to be made in the usual manner. The proprietor is retired from business, and would have no objection to treart for the sale of the premises should it be desired. For rent and further particulars apply to Mr Woodard, Wickham Market.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Sep 1835 states :

To be sold or let, the White Hart Tavern and Posting House, Wickham Market, and may be entered upon at Michaelmas, this old established, capacious and well accustomed Inn, free from either brewer or merchant, situated upon the great high road between London, Yarmouth and Norwich, having an extensive brewery, Post Horses, Chaises, Fish Wains, Mourning Coach and Hearse. The mail and four London coaches pass daily. The present proprietor, Mr Woodard, has conducted this business upwards of 35 years, and retires as consequence of family affliction.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 03 Apr in 1840 states that :

To be let, White Hart, Wickham Market, apply to Mr Nicholas WELTON, Wickham Market

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 11 Apr in 1846 states that :

By Order of the Trustees of Mr H.P. COLES; The entire Effects of the White Hart Inn, Wickham Market, DAY 1 The Horses, Harness & Hearse and carriages with the Brewing Plant (Full description)

A brewery was listed in White Hart Yard between 1861 and 1901.

An advert in the Ipswich Journal** in Sep 1890 states that :

Wickham Market, White Hart, commercial, family, and posting hotel; choice wines and spirits; excellent bowling green; accommodation for large parties; headquarters Cyclists Touring Club. Owen A Diver, proprietor.

In 1900 the hotel is listed as HQ of the Cyclists Touring Club and in 1916 the White Hart Bowling Club is listed.

The following listings are of a brewery in White Hart Yard.

1861 Census William Rush (Brewer Master, Brewery Cottage, White Hart Lane, Head/Married/35/born Harkstead)

1871 Census William Rush (Brewer, White Hart Yard (Brewery), Head/Married/45/born Harleston)

1881 Census William Rush (Brewer, White Hart Yard, Head/Married/55/born Hawestead)

1891 Census William Rush (Brewer, The Hill, not named, Head/Married/65/born Harkstead)

1901 Census William Rush (Beer Brewer, The Brewery, not named, Head/Married/75/born Harkstead)

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)