White Horse, East Street (no longer exists)

Notes and queries

Does anyone know anything about this inn c.1850 and also Grand Junction Parade at this time? An ancestor. Stephen Tutt Hodd. held the copyholds of these properties.
From Carole Child
Posted on our messageboard on 01-11-03

Response 1

There is a classic Brighton history book "A peep into the past: Brighton in the olden times" by JG BIshop[1880].

The 1892 edition has on p177/178 an early photograph and a short piece about the White Horse which I only paraphrase here-

"Opposite the Greyhound [now 2003-The Fish Bowl] 65 East St was the White Horse kept in 1800 by Mr William Allen-father in law of the subsequent popular proprietor Mr Stephen Hodd. At the time when Mr Allen kept the White Horse it was of less proportions than it afterwards became, prior to its removal for the erection of the noble baths which now occupy its site.There was in fact a private house -occupied by Mr Willis ,a fisherman - between it and The Rising Sun and this house when the hotel was altered by Mr John Gallard in 1825 was thrown into it. Where the front door of the late hotel was, a covered carriage road formerly ran through to the extensive stables behind; for the house for some time prior to theclose of the last century was a well known posting house. The landlord in 1789 was Mr Henwood subsequently of the New Inn[now 2003 Clarence House North St] and who then and for several years after was actively associated with 'posting' and coaching. Under his auspices the White Horse further developed its business and especially as a 'commercial' house

[follows long piece about WH and a Freemasons lodge]

[also an election HQ for the county elections]

[inquest held there in 1822 of a Brighton man whose cart went over the cliff at Roedean]

"Both the White Horse and The Rising Sun were removed in 1869 when Brills Baths Company who had purchased the site erected their large swimming and other baths- The removal...of these respective properties which were somewhat extensive and covered a very large area was a truly marvellous work. it occupied only 12 days; 105 men being employed night and day(excepting Sundays) The properties seemed to disappear as if under the spell of a magician's wand."

From Geoffrey Mead
Posted on our messageboard on 06-11-03

Response 2

I note Geoff Mead has already provided an account of the White Horse from J.G.Bishop's book, but I can add a little from various Brighton trade directories. Until at least 1811 the publican was William Allen (Cobby's 1800, Holden's 1811). By 1822 the publican appears as Samuel Tutt and Stephen thereafter :-

Hodd Sam. Hotel (White Horse Hotel) 75 East Street 9 Baxter 1822 Hodd Stephen Hotel (White Horse Hotel) Great East Street 502 Pigot 1824 Hodd Stephen Hotel (White Horse Hotel) Great East Street 696 Pigot 1828 Hodd Stephen Tutt Hotel & Post Horses to H.M. (White Horse Hotel) Great East Street 1017 Pigot 1832 Hodd Stephen Tute Tavern (White Horse) East Street 670 Pigot 1840 Hodd Stephen Tutt Hotel (White Horse) 75 East Street 636 Kelly 1845 Hodd Stephen Tutt Hotel (White Horse) Pool Valley 636 Kelly 1845

By 1854 (Taylor's) John Bacon has taken over as publican. The inn was demolished in 1869. You will note that Stephen also supplied post horses for the Royal Mail in 1832. The inn was particularly prone to flooding and suffered badly during the great storm of 1850, when all of Pool Valley was flooded.

Posted on our messageboard on 07-11-03
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