The White House

70 The High Street

High Street Research Team

Celebrations at the White House in 1906, local Liberal Party HQ
Wivenhoe Memories Collection
The writing on the wall facing Queens Road, by the White House, said: “In Levy we trust with Peckham go bust” - 1906
Wivemhoe Memories Collection
High St from junction with Queens Road showing the White House on the right
Photo Wivenhoe Memories Collection

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Since the 1900s this house has always been known as the White House. In the years between 1870 and 1885, there was a small school behind the house.

In 1906 it was the Liberal Party Headquarters, and it was in this year that there were great celebrations as their candidate A. Levy Lever was elected MP for the Harwich Constituency, defeating the Conservative candidate by 342 votes. (See photographs on the right).

The writing on the wall almost opposite the White House says  “In Levy we trust with Peckham go bust” (second picture). This today is the entrance to the public car park.

In the third picture, the White House has the brick wall and the portico over the door.

In 1910, the result of the election that year resulted in a Conservative candidate being elected MP for the area.  According to Nick Butler ‘ the General Elections were extremely lively but essentially good natured affairs’.

Note:  It was not until 1918 that women of 30 years and older and who met minimum property qualifications were allowed to vote. Then in 1928, all women over 21 years of age were given the right to vote on equal terms with men.

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  • The Story of Wivenhoe by Nick Butler
  • Wivenhoe, Its Attractions, Pleasures and Eccentrics, Dick Barton



This page was added on 01/08/2018.

Comments about this page

  • I think that the graffiti has been misquoted.
    See the Story of Wivenhoe p.192:


    Almost certainly a reference to the 1908 Peckham by-election won by the Conservatives following the death of the Liberal incumbent Charles Clarke.
    The winning Conservative candidate was a certain Sir Henry Cubbitt Gooch, brother of Charles Gooch of Wivenhoe House.

    The graffiti is attributed to Alexander Kay Barlow, who was the tenant of Wivenhoe Hall, as well as being the Mayor at the time!

    By Michael+Smither (01/01/2023)

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