GEORGE DE PARIS
1829 – 1911
The West Pallant, Chichester
Signed and dated 1896
Frame size: 23 x 18½ inches / 58.5 x 47 cm
Stock Number: 095654/316
A charming watercolour of the public house called the White Horse situated on the corner of South Street and West Pallant in Chichester (this has now been converted to a restaurant) and was recorded as a pub since the 16th century.
A number of incidents, and information relating to the history of the White Horse, are recorded in Chichester, A Documentary History by Roy Morgan and Some Inns and Alehouses of Chichester by Mervyn Cutten. It is first referred to by name in 1533 and Roy Morgan notes that at a Sussex coroner’s inquest on September 10 of that year, William Skinner (alias Hobson), who had been drinking and making trouble in the White Horse Inn, was later killed by Edward Holland.
Mervyn Cutten records the inn was the meeting place for masonic lodges, a shopkeepers’ group known as the Tradesmen’s Club, and, later, a cycling group.