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White Hart
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Summary: Charnham Street.  1686-1864

The Victorian County History mentions a document of 1686 (Com Rep v App i 328) which mentions the White Hart.

In the 1780 and 1781 Land Taxes Samuel Burton paid 8s 10d for the White Hart inn, Mrs Catherine Westall occupier.

Later in the 1780s the innkeeper was Mr Heath, but on his death in 1787, there were clearly local rumours that his widow would not continue the business. However, the Mercury, of 10th September 1787 reported: "White Hart Inn, Hungerford. It having been reported since the death of Mr Heath that the business of the said inn would not be continued by his widow; she takes this opportunity of informing her friends and the public that she proposes carrying it on, and hopes to merit their continuance and support by providing the best accommodation of every kind."

The 1792 Universal British Directory showed the innkeeper as Heath, probably Elizabeth Heath, innkeeper in the 1796 Berkshire Directory.

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Wesleyan Chapel, Charnham Street
built in 1869 on the site of the White Hart

In 1815 a Land Tax of 10s 1d was paid by Henry Burton for the White Hart Inn - Mrs Morrish occupier.

William Henry Moulding was landlord between 1823-1830 (Pigot), and Harriet Moulding 1844-1864. In the 1847 Kelly and 1854 Billing, she is also recorded as a butcher!

1851 (CS) Harriet Moulding, widow (62), Innkeeper;  Henry Moulding, son , Butcher; two daughters (26 and 22); Robert Goddard (57), Ostler; John Fowler (22), Butcher; Sarah Pontin (22); Mary Lamdin (12), Visitor.

We understand that there is indeed a family connection between the Hutchins family of butchers and the Mouldings. Andrew G Hutchins has contacted the Virtual Museum to explain that the daughter of William Henry and Harriet Moulding (nee Wall), landlords of the White Hart until it closed in 1864, was Esther Moulding. Esther married (in Hungerford) William Hutchins. He also explained that despite opening a butchers shop in Neath, they were also  landlords of the Queens Hotel there.

We also understand (from David Frampton of Leconfield, East Yorkshire, 21 Apr 1994) that Harriet Moulding's son-in-law was David Frampton's great-great grandfather, John Frampton, who lived in Charnham Street, working as a coach-builder between 1835-1880.

1861 (Census) Harriet Moulding, Innkeeper and butcher.

In 1864 the inn closed, and was replaced by the Wesleyan Chapel, built 1869.

See also:
- Hungerford Methodist Church papers, BRO, D/N 3/3/3.
- Wesleyan Chapel, Charnham Street

Updated: 24.12.2010

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