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Mercure Dorking White Horse Hotel

High Street, Dorking

The town centre former coaching inn exhibits ghostly manifestations. these include an early duke of Norfolk. witnesses see him, roaming the hotel late at night, very drunk, with too far-gone to return to his home at Deepdene House. Now he is buried in Dorking Graveyard, where a headless equestrian in black gallops across the gravestones into the hedges. Over the centuries, the White Horse has been owned by the Knights Templar and the Knights of St John. This would put it firmly into the 12th or 13th century. Frequently the duke returns to the White Horse. When he appears as a ghost, he is dressed in fine robes, with a ducal crown. However, he still has a drunken appearance to him. In 1620, a former resident of Dorking, William Mullins, sailed on the Mayflower to New England. Shortly after their arrival, all his family died from disease and pestilence, therefore he returned in 1621. Now his ghost roams the High Street and Westgate, dressed in a black suit and a high crowned hat.
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