You'll find a few 'White Horse Inns' in our repertoire, but this is the first. Where the inn is imaginary, what the heck, we've got a White Horse sign.
When 'Blasts' first moved to Romsey we wanted to create a local connection. Some research in to the town's history combined with the helpful management at 'The White Horse' led to a connection between the owners of the Inn and the Town Charter of 1607 and allowed us to build a local history story supported by a full family tree from the time.
A London Coffee House of the 1690's. Although Barratt's is an original name and location, unfortunately we don't know anything about this specific one, but we researched plenty about Coffee Houses in general.
In te marquee you'll find the counter as an enclosed booth. The lady owner was not allowed out on to the shop floor with the men. This is also a social leveler as anyone that could pay the penny entrance could come in and sit anywhere. A great aid to trade of all sorts and many coffee houses gained a reputation for a particular trade or business. Lloyd's of London insurance started as a coffe house for men interested in gambling on the safe passage of ships.
Come in to our coffee house, and join a table for a drink and good discourse. For the entrance fee you also received a copy of the London Gazette and at the event you can look through the paper for the date we're portraying and discuss actual events.