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Black Horse Inn, Much Park Street

This is a popular sign dating from at least the fourteenth century. Its use appears to be a reflection of its convenience as a visual symbol. By the seventeenth century, the phrase had become the nickname of the 7th Dragoon Guards who had black collars and cuffs on their jackets and rode mainly black horses. The sign was also by this time being used by goldsmiths in Lombard Street, London. The first reference to this pub appeared in the Stamford Mercury, September 1722. In 1756, four soldiers were billeted here. In 1784 Richard Hawkins and Thomas Bissell went to a public house in Much Park Street which was the regular venue of the City's horse fair. They entered the Black Horse Inn to pass forged bills (pound notes). The landlady, whose name was Mrs Yardley, became suspicious and reported them to Alderman Hewitt.

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