Do you remember this hostelry?

The old Coach and Horses pub at the foot of Butser Hill
The old Coach and Horses pub at the foot of Butser Hill

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I’m intrigued by this old pub which many of you must remember and I’d welcome any of your memories and further pictures of it.

In Nicholas Nickelby, Charles Dickens describes the walk up the hill over Butser where ‘there shot up, almost perpendicularly into the sky, a height so steep as to be hardly accessible to any but the sheep and goats that fed upon its sides...’

Once Nicholas and Smike were over the hill ‘twilight had already closed in, when they turned off the path to the door of a roadside inn, yet twelve miles short of Portsmouth’.

This roadside inn was the Coach & Horses or Bottom Inn which stood near today’s Queen Elizabeth Country Park Information Centre until the hostelry was demolished to make way for a new road alignment about 1975.