Postcards from Slough (PfS) is interested in the White Horse Public House which was situated on the Bath Road in Cippenham, Slough. Information on this inn especially a rough indication of when it was built, when it was pulled down and did it ever have stables or other features would help PfS to build a web page on what I believe may turn out to be an interesting story. Useful tools to help date the inn would be photographs particularly of the exterior.
Facts we already know and our speculation
The White Horse public house was situated on the south side Bath Road on the west side of Brook Path. It may have been a coaching inn but it was destroyed ‘accidentally on purpose’ at some time in the decades of the 1980s and early 1990s. The site is now occupied by Northgate Vehicle Hire and Van Monster.
As stated, PfS are trying to determine the age of this inn and a verifiable photo of the outside of the building might help using the architecture and comparing it to other similar buildings in Slough of known age.
Pub sign in entrance porch
The photo of the entrance sign offers a number of clues. The ceiling beams in the top right look genuine rather than the false polystyrene ones found in some pubs and inns. The colour version shows that the bricks may have been Slough red bricks. The most interesting feature however is the style of the brickwork of the pillar.
The pattern is known as Stack Bond as the bricks are stacked one above the other rather than overlap as in Running Bond and Flemish Bond etc. If used to build a wall it is very weak compared to these other bonds. Using it in a pillar, where the force on it is downwards it doesn’t matter so much. This type of bond is not used very much if at all these days.
A memory from the author – ‘When I was in my early twenties it was one of ‘my pubs’ because it was fairly central to a few of my mates. We would meet up for an evening’s drinking and there was no need for any of us to be a driver. At the end of the evening we could walk home in our respective directions, all of us too tight to use cabs.’
PfS would be very grateful if anyone can provide verifiable information on how and when this inn was destroyed or provide a photograph of the exterior of this pub that we can use. Pease click on the comments button below to send an E-mail. Progress will be posted on this page:
Postcards from Slough would like to express specific thanks to Dawn Shrewsbury for her contributions to this article.
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