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Old White Horse, Slaugham
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Old White Horse, Slaugham

At the Old White Horse located in front of Slaugham church it seems that all the customers have been asked to come outside, put on their hats, and stand in a straight line for their photograph. The fellow second from the right has also brought his dog.
In the trade directories of 1851 and 1861 the innkeeper was named as Mrs Catherine Booker and perhaps it is her standing in the doorway. In 1878 the innkeeper was listed as James Moore.
Below each window there seems to be some form of construction which does not appear in later photographs. Could they be hinged shutters?
Within a few years a porch would be built over the door on the left. Somewhat later the middle door would be bricked up and the freestanding pub sign replaced by a swinging sign fixed to the exterior wall above the left doorway.
Picture added on 02 November 2012 at 09:02
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James Edwin Moore, the above-mentioned innkeeper of the Old White Horse in 1878, was my great-grandfather.
He was born in Ifield in 1834 and came to live in Slaugham with his wife Frusanna; many mistakes in the Census records as she was shown as Susanna.
The 1881 Census shows the family, including my grandfather Frederick, living at the Old White Horse and his occupation as innkeeper and bricklayer. By 1891 they were living in Cuckfield.
We visited Slaugham today, and went into the Chequers which is the inn in front of the church and by the Green so we assumed this was the Old White Horse with a changed name. Having seen your website though, it seems there was a Chequers way back; also plus another which disappeared early 1900s.
Can you tell me if the one we stood in today was the Old White Horse, or did that disappear at some time?
Many thanks, Geoff White
Added by Geoff White on 29 October 2014
Geoff, you have already discovered for yourself that the two pubs were in different buildings. (See picture #474)
You mention another pub which disappeared. There have been four pubs in the village in total. I suggest you click on "Groups" above, then on "Pubs - Slaugham" where they can all be found. More pictures of the pubs can be found by searching for the pubs by name.
What a nice surprise that the great-grandson of the innkeeper of the Old White Horse has visited the village today.
Added by Barry Ray on 29 October 2014
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