Our History

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Serving Beer Since 1866

The Wheatsheaf in Writtle has a long (long) history.

Records from the 1700’s show the area was originally an orchard. In 1813, Yeoman Mr Staines bought a property on the side of it, from James Clift for the princely sum of £100. In time he opened a small shop where the pub now stands. This was then sold to Mrs Sophia Horsnell in 1845 for £210.

When Mrs Horsnell died in 1867, she had been living in London and left the property deeds in her will to her nephew. Mr Nichols, also a Londoner.

Living in London, he had little use for the property and then sold it on Mr Charles Stanton Gray and Mr Walter Gray for £210, the same sum that Mrs Horsenell had originally bought the property and deeds for.

By this time the Gray family already had a local reputation as brewers based in Springfield, Chelmsford and since this date, the pub has been owned by this well known Essex family business.

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First Beer Sales

The first recorded beer sales were in 1866, in a local Essex Directory, although it seems likely that The Wheatsheaf was a pub even before then.

The name “The Wheatsheaf” may well have come from the tenants being bakers as well as beer retailers, although the first official mention in a County Directory from 1890 shows baker and beer retailer, Mr George Pearson as occupying “The Wheatsheaf Inn, Writtle”

Over many years, tenants have come and gone, each a part of The Wheatsheaf’s long history.

With such a strong pedigree we sincerely hope it remains a traditional pub for many years to come.

If you have any further information about our history, then please get in touch. We’d be delighted to hear from you.