My most recent find has been the White Horse Inn, which was situated at 162 High Street opposite Alishan Indian restaurant. Records are a little confusing as the White Horse first appears in 1855 as being
at 152 High Street. Apparently between 1856 and 1896 some of the High Street buildings were re-numbered. Over the years various landlords are listed in directories and the
and Sussex Courier in 1874 reported that the licence of the White Horse, was transferred from William Brackenbury to Charles Jones. In 1908 the newspaper reported: “Supt. Styles in his annual report to the licensing justices, said the licensees
had generally conducted their houses in a satisfactory manner, with the following exceptions: ... Ann Sarah Glover, White Horse Inn, Tonbridge, serving a constable on duty; ...”. Local historian, Mary Barker-Read, records the White Horse as being in
business in 1971, but it is believed that the pub closed in the mid 1970’s. For many years a hairdressers occupied the building, however the premises are currently vacant.
NB: If you look carefully between
the two windows on the first floor, remains of the brackets for the pub sign are still visible.
(Acknowledgements: Dover Kent Archives, Tonbridge Historical Society, Ancestry.com)