17th cent. thatched inn set in attractive gardens. Originally a staging post on Colchester to Cambridge road.
At one time inquests were held here, as a report from the Suffolk Free Press** shows:
November 20th 1907
Inquest at Withersfield White Horse Inn on the body of Earnest Williams aged 13 who was found dead under some chaff, Frank Smith, farmer said deceased worked for him, on Monday morning he sent the boy to get some chaff which was piled to a considerable height in a barn, at about 9-30 he remarked to the yardman it was strange if the boy went home without saying anything, he looked in the stable and saw the boy’s basket and coat and he said to the yard man “surely he is not under the chaff”, they then poked in the chaff but could not find anything and left to do other jobs, he was not satisfied and then took a fork and searched the chaff again and found the lad dead. Accidental.
listed building grade II
Local licensing authority for Withersfield is St Edmundsbury
last updated 16/06/2013
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** report reproduced with kind permission from Foxearth & District Local History Society)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
(**** Last Orders is a free local newsletter - published by Suffolk CAMRA memers since 1978)
(1861 census information from Malcolm Fairley)