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White Hart Inn (site of)

What was it?

"The White Hart was Bath's oldest recorded inn, dating back to at least 1503" [Swift and Elliott 2005]
Jane Austen used it as a location for characters in Persuasion, whilst Charles Dickens immortalised the landlord Moses Pickwick in The Pickwick Papers. Moses Pickwick succeeded his uncle, Eleazar Pickwick "the most celebrated of Bath's landlords".

The White Hart was demolished in 1867 and replaced by the Grand Pump Room Hotel. This in turn was demolished in 1959 and replaced by Arlington House, "a bland, collonaded Baldwin-style building" [Forsyth 2003].

Where was it in Bath?

The White Hart Inn was on the junction of Stall Street and Westgate Street.

Location of White Hart plaque

There are two plaques located towards the Westgate Street end of Arlington House: 

Location of plaque at site of White Hart

The text on the first plaque reads

"On this site stood the White Hart Inn. Demolished 1869. Eleazer & Moses Pickwick. Proprietors"

Lower tablet on site of White Hart Inn

The text on the second plaque reads

"City of Bath
This Foundation Stone was laid by the Mayor of Bath Councillor Arthur Mortimer on 23rd May 1960"

Location map of inscription:
White Hart plaque location map



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