Running Horse Mickleham Reviews
Step into History Mar 08, 2008
If you look at the past of this outstanding Bar/Hotel you will find out that at one stage in its history, The Running Horses Hotel was called The Chequers and the plot of land upon which the Inn stands could once have been part of Mickleham Manor which first seems to appear belonging to a gentleman named Thomas Stydolf who lived until 1546.
It was renamed The Running Horses in 1828 after the Epsom Derby. In that year the race was called the’ Dead Heat Derby’ as two horses, Colonel and Cadland both passed the post at exactly the same moment. Today, the two bars in The Running Horses are called Colonel and Cadland, and very rarely for a traditional English Inn, the sign outside the historic building has each horse pictured on opposite sides.
There are various theories on when The Running Horses was built, some say in the 17th but most agree that it was in the 16th Century. Architectural historians say that some of the original brickwork features can still be seen in the cellar and when the hotel rooms were added a Highwayman’s escape route was discovered. This was a tiny ladder way leading to the roof space through which these outlaws evaded the authorities.
The London Road in Mickleham, which The Running Horses serviced as a Coaching Inn and Post House, became the preferred road south to Brighton from London in 1755 after being improved. It was an easier route than the road through Tilburstow and down the steep Tilburstow Hill to the East. So if your keen to see this give it a shot and take a seat. You will enjoy it.
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