The famous white horse
sculpture above front door of the Great White Horse Hotel
in Tavern Street, Ipswich is well-known to passers-by. However, an
original 18th century white horse was removed from
this location and now stands on top
of a column outside the White Horse Inn at Tattingstone, which is a 17th Century Grade II listed building.
The situation of the White Horse is curious. It stands a little off the
beaten track of the through road. However, it once stood on a main road
through the village which, down the hill from the pub and past some
houses, is now a cul-de-sac with a path leading round the Alton Water
reservoir. The road was lost, as was the nect village of Alton,
during the creation of the reservoir in 1987. Due to a shortage of
water in the Ipswich area in the 1960s, a list of twenty potential
sites for reservoirs was made, with Alton being the chosen site. The
land was mainly farmland, but was also home to a mill and Alton Hall.
The mill was dismantled and reconstructed at the Museum of East Anglian
Life in Stowmarket. Construction and the filling with water took 13
years to complete; the dam was contructed in 1974 from local London
clay. Alton Water is fed from the River Gipping and bore holes on the
north side of the River Orwell.
See also our Pubs & off-licences
page for more Tolly Cobbold signs.
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