The White Horse is an 18th Century country pub on Church Street in the village of Baston nestled between Market Deeping and Bourne in Lincolnshire.
In September 2012 there was a Facebook Campaign led by Ben & Kelly Field of Church Street Baston, to “ Save The Spinning Wheel” with the idea of a Community Led buyout of the Charles Wells Pub. This generated a lot of interest, leaflets were distributed which resulted in many members of the Community expressing a desire to save the Pub from closure. However the Pub did close its doors on 24th October 2012. The seed had been sown however, and on return from a trip climbing and skiing Volcanoes in Chile, Mark Richardson decided he would add to his Farming Estate by buying the village Pub.
“I had used the Pub for many social occasions and meetings for village events such as the Fireworks , and to lose this asset would have left a massive hole in the fabric of the village.”
Since buying the pub, Mark and his team have taken the pub and completely transformed both the interior and the exterior. Staying true to his heritage in farming, many elements from the farm have been tastefully incorporated into the interior design of the building; The bricks in the bay window, the floorboards in the ceiling and the wonderful piece of Sycamore Timber in the snug bar are all from the 90 acre family farm at Twenty near Bourne. Some of the beams in the Pub are from the barn that was taken down next to the house where Frank Richardson (Mark’s Grandfather) grew up.
The extensive restoration and transformation of the building is now complete and the White horse opened its door to the public again on July 13th 2013.