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White Horse

Date of photo: 2015

Picture source: Colin Price

The White Horse was situated at 118 High Road. This pub closed in 2017.

This was a staging Inn on the London to Colchester Roman road. It used to be opposite St Chads church but when the road needed to be widened there wasn't enough room so the High Road was moved to the other side of the White Horse and the back became the front. In the 1930's the stables were still alongside the pub and an outside urinal was still in use.
There were three bars with separate doors marked Public, Private and Saloon. The Public bar had sawed dust on the floor and nowhere to sit. The Private bar was slightly better and had some bar stools. The Saloon Bar had tables and chairs and a waitress brought your order to the table. I was told that the Public Bar was a halfpenny cheaper for a pint of beer.
The pub was small compared to later pubs that had dining rooms. It lacked the quaint ambience of the old coaching inns which is probably the reason it closed.
In the 1920's it stood on its own surrounded by the Farance nursery and fields and Chadwell Heath prospered when the government introduced the Homes for Heroes initiative and gave a grant to buy houses of an affordable price which attracted many skilled workers from the East End
Derek Trayler (October 2017)

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