White Horse Ln, Hinton St Mary, Sturminster Newton, Hinton Saint Mary
An ancient village inn, the White Horse has stone-flagged floors, open fires, and two bars, one public. After the site of a Roman villa had been excavated at Hinton St Mary in 1963, the ghost of a tall man in a pale cloak, or toga, , witnesses have seen, striding through the village, stopping outside the White Hart. This phantom, possibly the oldest in England, then disappears into a sidewall. The mosaic pavement from the Roman site is now with the British Museum. In one of the roundels of this mosaic is what is thought to be the earliest representation of Christ. He is portrayed as clean-shaven. It is the only such portrait found anywhere in the Roman Empire. The discovery of those ancient remains occurred when the village blacksmith was digging a hole in the garden for the washing line post.