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Various Hempstead residents posing for the camera - c.1900

The White Horse Inn started off as a village beerhouse before becoming a licensed public house. It was first recorded in 1789, although it could have been running well before that. Morgans bought the pub from John Henry Gurney of Northrepps in 1896 and continued until they went into voluntary administration on 29th September 1961, at which point Bullards and Steward & Patteson took over the assets. The White Horse Inn then became a Bullards tied house until its closure on 26th April 1962.

The first mention of Hempstead Post Office is in Kelly's Directory of 1879 and at that time, the White Horse was the designated Post Office, where John Neal was the landlord.
However, the OS map of 1885 shows the Post Office to be situated in the small building attached to the north side of the White Horse.
In 1896, Miss Matilda Neal, presumably John's daughter, is listed as postmistress and it would appear that the later Post Office was built between 1892 and 1896.

White Horse Inn to the left with the White Horse Cottages ahead - c.1916

A few years ago David Youngs related that two families who spent a considerable amount of time in the White Horse, usually got into a disgreement whenever they met and this was almost certain to escalate into a fight. The then landlord got so fed up with this that he eventually decreed that the families could only come in on separate evenings - one family were limited to a Friday night and the other to a Saturday night.

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Village decked out for Coronation Day - May 1937
Toasting King George VI at midday on Coronation Day - 12th May 1937
left - right - Mrs Buchan (housekeeper to Cpt Mee of The Lodge),
Mrs Charlie Baker (wife of the milkman at Red House Farm)
Mrs Wrad, Rev Auden, Mrs John Hagen, Sydney Risborough (publican)
Bill Hagen, Leslie Doy, Bob Withers

1953 1953


An AA sign was once located here. ln front of the pub was a small yard flanked to the south by an outbuilding, since demolished, where the landlord kept his car. The sidewall of this shed ran close alongside the Street, and on this brick wall the sign was mounted - see the History page.

After closure in 1962, the White Horse was sold off to become a residential property and was renamed Wayside.

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O. S. Map 1905
O. S. Map 1905
Marked in red top - bottom
Smithy - White Horse Inn - Post Office - Shop - School

Courtesy of NLS map images

John Balding 1789-1794
Thomas Wright 1836-1846
George Money & master shoemaker 1851-1854
Mrs. Elizabeth Money 1856-1863
John Neal & farmer & overseer 1864-1893
Herbert Fabb 1893
Edmund Parker 1897-1904
Henry Williamson 1908
Edward Dixon 1911
Henry Williamson 1911
James Edward Spendlove 1915
James Edward Spendlove 1916
Sidney Alfred Riseborough 1920

Sidney Alfred Riseborough

Sidney Alfred Riseborough 1925
Sidney Alfred Riseborough 1933
Sidney Alfred Riseborough 1937
Stanley James Scarff 1956
Frederick George Farrow 1959
Robert F. Rhodes 1960
Leslie G. Sparrow 1961
John Kedge 1962
More info available on Norfolkpubs website

Census 1851:
George Money (45) b.Hempstead, Innkeeper & Shoemaker (Master)
Elizabeth Money (41) b.Hempstead, Shoemaker
Thomas Money (20) b.Hempstead, Blacksmith's Labourer
Savory Money (15) b.Hempstead
George Money (13) b.Hempstead, Errand Boy
Isaac Money (12) b.Hempstead, Scholar
William Money (10) b.Hempstead, Scholar
James Money (8) b.Hempstead, Scholar
Martha Money (6) b.Hempstead, Scholar
Charles Money (4) b.Hempstead
Elizabeth Money (4mnths) b.Hempstead
White Horse

Census 1861:
Elizabeth Money (50) b.Barningham Parva, Inn-Keeper
George Money (24) b.Hempstead, Agricultural Labourer
William Money (20) b.Hempstead, Agricultural Labourer
Martha A Money (16) b.Hempstead, Barmaid
Elizabeth Money (10) b.Hempstead, Scholar
White Horse

Census 1871:
John Neal (50) b.Hempstead, Innkeeper & Farmer of 14 acres
Sarah Neal (64) b.Hempstead
Matilda Neal (28) b.Hempstead, Post Mistress
White Horse Inn

Census 1881:
John Neal (60) b.Hempstead, Innkeeper
Sarah Neal (64) b.Hempstead
Matilda Neal (28) b.Hempstead, Post Mistress
White Horse Inn

Census 1891:
John Neal (70) b.Hempstead, Licensed Victualler
Sarah Neal (74) b.Hempstead
Matilda Neal (37) b.Hempstead, Post Mistress
White Horse Inn

Census 1901:
Edmund Parker (32) b.Calton, Publican & Woodman
Mary Parker (41) b.Swanton Abbott
Ernest Edward Parker (5) b.Hempstead
Gladys M Parker (3) b.Holt
White Horse Inn

Census 1911:
Henry Williamson (43) b.Aldborough, Publican
Elizabeth Williamson (43) b.Banningham
Ivy Annison (17) b.Ravencliff, Yorkshire, Domestic Servant
Sarah Watling (90) b.Wymondham, Aunt
White Horse

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