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Why Gaywood King's Lynn and other White Horse pubs are so named: Hanover and King George I



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I speculated recently on the reasons why so many pubs are named The White Horse in Suffolk, and CAMRA member Ken contacted me with a possible explanation.

He pointed out that a White Horse featured on the arms of Hanover and when George I became king of Britain in 1714, it was incorporated into the Royal Arms in this country. The Hanoverians were not universally popular.

It was only 26 years since the glorious revolution when the protestant William III (along with his wife Mary) had deposed the catholic James II, and when William’s successor, Queen Anne died without a male heir, there was a search throughout Europe for a protestant to succeed her.



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