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Great White Horse Hotel

Picture source: Hania Franek


The Great White Horse Hotel was situated at 43 Tavern Street. This grade-II* listed pub was originally known as The Tavern and closed in 2008. Guests have included Lord Nelson, Charles Dickens (on several occasions) and the Beatles. It is now used as a branch of Starbucks.
Listed building details:
Originally a C16-C17 timber-framed building refronted in the early C19. It was made famous as the inn in Dicken's "Pickwick Papers". The present front is of grey gault brick with a parapet and a rusticated stucco ground storey. 3 storeys. 7 window range on the Tavern Street front and 2 window range on the Northgate Street front. A 3 storey wing of 5 window range extends north with a further, later, 2 storeyed wing of 7 window range at the north end in Northgate Street. All windows are double-hung sashes with glazing bars, in painted reveals, with stuccoed flat arches. The ground storey has stucco doorway with wide panelled pilasters, Ionic plain columns in antis and a cornice on paired brackets with a figure of a white horse above. Roofs slate. Part of the original internal courtyard has been glazed over and pant of it has been preserved in the present lounge. It has some original windows, double-hung sashes with glazing bars and small panes, one oriel bay window and some exposed timber-framing.

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Picture source: Hania Franek

Picture source: Hania Franek

Picture source: Hania Franek