The New White Horse

The New White Horse Inn, pictured in the first photograph, in the High Street during World War One, was a former coaching inn which closed in May 1957 when 60 regulars said goodbye to landlord Bill Collier who had been the licensee for the past seven years.

It stood on the site now occupied by The Works and the British Heart Foundation Charity shop, but should not be confused with the Old White Horse Inn which was on the other side of High Street.

The second photo shows the gradual demolition in 1959 of the Inn. Nobody knew how long a public house had stood on the site, but The New White Horse Inn was listed in a booklet published by Dash, the Kettering printer, in 1826, when the landlord was Benjamin Shrive.

During demolition the oak beams in the roof were found to be up to 300 years old and Norfolk reed was found in the ceiling, suggesting it was once thatched.

Its walls were two feet thick, held together by mud and lime.

During demolition three workmen slept in old armchairs on the premises because they found lodgings in the town too expensive!

Researched by Maura Bright

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