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Frederick Richard Joyes, born in Shipley in 1825, the eldest son of Richard and Elizabeth Joyes spent his working life as a farmer and corn miller and was also a grocer and beer retailer in Pulborough for a time. During the late 19th century he became the licensed victualler of Steyning's White Horse Hotel.

He married Mary Dendy in 1851. From a family of five children only their youngest sons survived childhood. These two, Henry and Edwin took key roles in the family's Steyning business, Henry as hotel manager and Edwin working the family farm.

The White Horse was also an ostlery and it was here that the local fire brigade horses were stabled. In times of emergency the doors were opened and the horses let out to gallop off through the town to be hitched to the fire wagon.

Market Days provided the Joyes family with a twofold opportunity in selling their cattle to the assembled butchers and offering food and drink at the hotel. Many years later,a patron writing his memoirs described those Market Day lunches at the White Horse, "huge joints of beef, great helpings of vegetables, followed by biscuits and cheese, as much as one could eat - 2/6 was the charge and you felt you had had a meal"!

A picture postcard of the White Horse Hotel, Steyning, believed to be circa 1934.

(Kindly contributed by Eileen Franchi)

In a close-up the words H JOYES

 can just be made out over the entrance.

A stone flagon bearing the words




(Many thanks to David Jones who says that the flagon is about 11 inches tall, just under 6 inches in diameter, and holds 5 pints comfortably)

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