Our History


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.


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.