A pub with Quoits and a white horse

The White Horse at Bodle Street Green in about 1930.
The White Horse at Bodle Street Green in about 1930.
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An unusual way to display a pub sign: The White Horse at Bodle Street Green in about 1930.

The watering hole had a rather seedy reputation at the turn of the century; drunkenness and fighting made it a place you could not go ‘without running into trouble’.

But it had a good quoits team, playing across the road in what was then the pub garden.

During the Second World War the distinctive white horse painted on the roof was ordered to be removed, because it might have provided a landmark for enemy aircraft.

It is said that the white horse was a portrait of a racehorse owned by a director of the Star Brewery, who were the owners at the time.

It is easily recognised as soon as you approach the brow of the hill from the south.