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Wheatsheaf Inn
 Echo & Argus, 26th Sept 1958
 Painting shows the old Wheatsheaf
church wall alterations painting
Two pictures reveal how the old order changes.

One, an old water-clour in the possession of Mr Clayton, the verger, shows (right) St Mary's and the Wheatsheaf Inn before rebuilding of the inn in 1888.

The other shows the churchyard wall and southernmost entrance and the new approach to the Wheatsheaf. Work is in progress, and a footpath will soon be girdling the base of the wall.

Colin Bryant Collection
A painting very similar to the one above.

Northampton Mercury, 25th October 1823

Wheat Sheaf, Rushden.

John Linnit respectfully acquaints his Friends and the Public that he has Entered Upon the above New Public House, and those who may please to favour him with their Custom may depend upon the most comfortable Accommodation, on reasonable Terms.

Rushden, Oct. 11th 1823.

N.B. Drovers taken in at the lowest Price.

The Green and Church Parade c1910
Postcard published by E Hewitt c1910
The Green and Church Parade, (right)

Daniel Rice was the landlord in Whellan's Directory 1849

Northampton Mercury, 23rd February 1861, transcribed by Susan Manton

A Fox killed in Tap Room

On Monday, the 11th instant, the landlord of the Wheat Sheaf Inn went into his barn, when a fox broke cover from an old tub in the barn, and would have led off and attempted to regain his old quarters but was prevented by the hounds. He made a straight direction for the house, the pack pretty close at his heels; he then bolted into the tap room and mounted a table. At this time hounds and foot people were all mingled together in picturesque confusion. At length one old hound, with a wart below his eye, fastened Reynard by the throat, another took him by the spine of the back and a third bit him through the foot. Suddenly the whole pack gave tongue with a cry that made the tap room echo and poor Reynard gave up the ghost with the savage music ringing in his ears. It is not a very common thing for so many foot people to be in at the death and not a huntsman not horseman near the spot. The landlord examined the fox to see if his skin was anywhere torn; he found it was all right and he gave it into the hands of a young man to have it dressed and stuffed and no doubt poor Reynard will have a glass case and be promoted from the taproom to the parlour company.

Extract from memories of the 1870s by Mr. Seckington in 1907:

"Mr. Treen, as good an old landlord as ever lived, kept the Wheatsheaf Hotel. He afterwards left the town, but returned some time ago, and is now living in North Cottage, North-street."

Wellingborough & Kettering News, August 6th, 1881, transcribed by Kay Collins

DOMESTIC DIFFERENCES—At the Wellingborough Police Court, on Friday, Samuel Herbert, landlord of the Wheatsheaf Inn, Rushden, was summoned for assaulting Esther Herbert, on the 21st ult.— Mr. Archer appeared for the complainant, and asked permission to withdraw the case, the defendant having promised not to offend in future. It transpired that the offence consisted of a threat on the part of the defendant to shoot his wife. The complainant having given evidence bearing out Mr. Archer's statement, the Bench allowed the case to be withdrawn.

Wellingborough & Kettering News, October 8th, 1881, transcribed by Kay Collins

THE FEASTTuesday week last was the day selected by the several innkeepers of the village to entertain their friends and patrons, and Mr. J. Herbert, of the Wheat Sheaf, laid a most sumptuous spread before his friends, and 90 honoured him with their presence. After doing justice to the substantial viands Mr. E. Lewis was appointed chairman, and was ably assisted by Mr. Ward, and a social and convivial afternoon was spent in harmony and goodfellowship. Mr. Wood, of the Wagon and Horses, very ably catered for about 50 of his friends who did ample justice to the good things provided.

After lunch Mr. T. Childs was called upon to preside, and a social afternoon was spent. Mr. Ette, of the Feathers, also entertained 60 of his friends at lunch at the Feathers, and Mr. T. White presided over a very social party.
[extract from an article about the Feast]

Wellingborough News, 15th March 1884, transcribed by Kay Collins

Friday, March 14.—Before Mr. R. W. Arkwright (in the chair), Mr. Spencer Pratt, Mr. N. P. Sharman, Mr. C. J. K. Woolston, and Col. Rawlins.

APPLICATION—Samuel Herbert, of the Wheat Sheaf Inn, Rushden, applied for an extra hour on the occasion of a tradesmen's supper, on the 17th.inst.—Granted.

Wellingborough News, 11th October 1884, transcribed by Kay Collins

Friday, October 10th.—Before Mr. F. U. Sartoris (in the chair), Mr. N. P. Sharman, and Mr. C. J. K. Woolston.

APPLICATION—Samuel Herbert, Wheat Sheaf, Rushden, applied for an extra hour on the occasion of a Conservative dinner at Rushden.—Granted.

Rushden Echo, 22nd December 1899, transcribed by Kay Collins

A Fall from a HorseMr Evans, of the Wheatsheaf Inn, was thrown from his horse in High-street South yesterday afternoon. Although severely shaken he was able, with assistance, to walk home.

Note: In 1899 at St Mary's Church, George Evans' daughter Annie married George Battersby.

St Mary's Church 16th September 1920

Fred, son of Charles Henry Ballard, publican of the Compass Inn, married Dora, daughter of Herbert Hirons, publican of the Wheatsheaf.

Extract from obituary
In his younger days he bought property adjoining the Wheatsheaf, Rushden (both sides of High-street, and understood to be parts of buildings belonging to the Wheatsheaf Windmill), and rebuilt the structures to make dwelling-houses.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 20th March 1953, transcribed by Kay Collins
There were no trophies to show off at the Rushden Wheatsheaf darts dinner on Tuesday, but everyone agreed there had been a good season's sport and 75 "supporters" turned out to an end-of-the-season celebration in the form of a dinner and social.

Mrs Toombs with the skittle boardRushden Echo, Friday 26th January 1962, transcribed by Kay Collins

Rushden licensee's skittle board is over 80 years old
Mr. Edgar Toombs, licensee of the Wheatsheaf, Rushden, went to a sale to buy an old oil painting — and came away with this miniature skittles board, believed to be the only one of its type in the area. It was bought for 30s from the owner of the Anchor Inn, Newport Pagnell, about five years ago when Mr. and Mrs. Toombs (pictured here) were at the Swan Inn, Stony Stratford.

The board is thought to be over eighty years old. The cheeses did not come with the set: they were specially made when Mr. Toombs acquired the table and pins.

Regulars at the Wheatsheaf — in High Street South — rarely play on the board, but when it was at the Swan it was in constant use as the room was smaller and could not accommodate the large skittles table.

Northampton Chronicle & Echo, 15 Mar 1985

Pub is Saved

A BIKERS' favourite pub has been saved at the 11th hour — thanks to the support of its leather-clad drinkers.

The Wheatsheaf in Rushden seemed destined for closure when its landlord left at the end of last month.

But a petition signed by 200 bikers has prompted the brewery to think again — and appoint Chris Monk as the new manager. Mr. Monk said he was delighted with the support shown by the regulars.

In autumn 2019 - some For Sale signs have been affixed to the Inn.

Extract from the second edition of Brewers in Northamptonshire 1450-2010

Wheatsheaf, 1 High Street.

In 1823 possibly rebuilt and held by John Linnit.
In 1851 Daniel Rice was at the inn, which was for sale 1st August 1854.
On 24th June 1867 there was a sale of 5 and 12-bushel mash vats,
80-gallon copper etc, Daniel Rice leaving.
In April 1887 D Herbert was leaving, but there was no mention of brewing and around 1888 it was rebuilt and the thatched roof removed. It was later held by Dulleys and is still trading.
[sadly recently closed and sold for redevelopment, 2020]

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