Pub poem about WWI - November 1914

World War I daily bulletin from the Horsham district
World War I daily bulletin from the Horsham district

An interesting comment on the war using the names of the various pubs around the Horsham district.

Some remain in the area but others such as the Beehive (was in East Street), Alexandra (Queen Street) and Bell (Park Street) have long since gone.

“Sir, will you kindly grant me a small space in your valuable paper for the following: Will Berlin Bill, when he comes to Horsham pluck the ‘Feathers’ of the ‘Swan’, pinch the greens out of the ‘Gardener’s Arms’, ride the ‘Black Horse’, think he’s St George and have a go at the ‘Dragon’ but find instead a ‘Lion’, stir up a ‘Beehive’ by pulling at the ‘Bell’ that don’t ring, and bunk with his ‘Horse and Groom’ at the sight of ‘Alexandra’, causing the ‘Forester’ to turn out of the ‘St Leonards’ and did he think he could crow like a ‘Cock’ but found he could only cackle like an old ‘Hen and Chicken’, realising he’s a ‘Dun Horse’ and he is dying in the ‘Hornbrook’.