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White Hart

Picture source: John Coombs

The White Hart was situated on North Road and closed in the 1960s. My Great Grandfather was the Landlord of this pub in around 1918. My Grandfather lived opposite until 1967.
Source: Peter Neal
The little joker in the middle of the front row with the pipe is Fred Bidwell, licensee, his son (also Fred) once told me his nickname was the ‘Chinaman’, I suppose in a bad light he could have been assumed to be of oriental persuasion. He lived opposite the “Hart” until his demise which was during my tenancy, probably around 1970, His two sons used to visit him frequently and often came in to the pub for a drink.
John Coombs (August 2014)
The licensee of the Beerhouse in 1861 was George Champness. Since closing in 2005 the pub has been demolished.The licensee applied for voluntary liquidation in May 2015, but the pub had virtually ceased trading long before that date. In January 2016 the site returned to the management of the Rutlish Foundation, the freeholders of the site. The Foundation being a local educational charity, set up from a bequest from William Rutlish, Court embroiderer to King Charles II.
It is tragic that the pub has had to close because I have managed to trace its history back to at least 1700, when it was a stopping point for horse drawn coaches, travelling form London to Guilford/Portsmouth. The horses were rested in stables where the car park is currently sited, whilst the passengers rested in the first floor rooms above the pub before continuing on their travels.
Elaine Jackson (March 2020)

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Name Dates Comments
John Coombs Jan 1966 - Oct 1973 Licensee.
Andrew Bates 1970s I was associated with the pub as I lived at 37 North Road until the late 1970's. I can remember the 1977 Silver Jubilee and knew most of the families that lived in North Road.
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Picture source: Elaine Jackson