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129A: Wheatsheaf

Wheatsheaf, 129A High Street

The Wheatsheaf is behind No. 129 High Street in the Wheatsheaf Yard, and is reached by the narrow passage between Nos. 127 and 129. It used to be a Morrell’s pub, but is now owned by the Whitbread Brewery.

This building is first recorded as an inn in 1662, when it was called the Hen & Chicken. It was not known as the Wheatsheaf until 1761.

The number of this pub varies: in the 1861 census it was given the number 127½, and the publican Mrs Sarah Wright, a widow of 47, lived here with her five children and a general servant.

Wheatsheaf PassageWheatsheaf Passage, c.1900. The photograph was owned by William Vernon who had a workshop
in the passage and is reproduced by kind permission of his grandson Mervyn Hughes

©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 16 July, 2016

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