The origin of the name Inglewhite is uncertain. One popular interpretation is that the name means 'white fire', from the Gaelic aingeal meaning 'fire'. It is thought to refer to will-o'-the-wisps that were once prevalent on the village green.
The green was traditionally the site of cattle and sheep fairs, but these were stopped in the 19th century by a vicar opposed to the practice of bull baiting. The market cross, dating from 1500, has engraved on its shaft the initials HCIW, dated 1675 and believed to be those of Justice Warren, then Lord of the Manor.
The road names of Button Street and Silk Mill Lane indicate other industries that once thrived near the village. Silk Mill Lane derives its name from a silk mill powered by a waterwheel which once stood adjacent to where the brook crosses the Lane. The Congregational Chapel on Silk Mill Lane was founded in 1819.
The village smithy, which made ammunition boxes during the World War I, closed in 1992. The building opened as a café for several years but has now closed. The car park opposite the church was once common land complete with pond and ducking stool. A workhouse once stood in the wood yard.
The public houses The Queens Arms and The Black Bull closed early in the 20th century. The Green Man closed in 2012, awaiting a new landlord. In 2013 The Green Man Pub was reaponed after the brewery that owned it found landlords to run the operation of the pub. However, by 2014 the owners had oncemore changed hands. After redevelopment by the new owners, including a beer garden, a kitchen extension and also interior decor, the pub was fully opened once more.
The village is closely linked to the nearly village of Whitechapel. WICE (Whitechapel and Inglewhite Community Enterprises) has been formed as a community organisation to enable a sustainable and resilient community.
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