Wheathampstead History Society




There were 26 pubs in the parish of Wheathampstead between 1830 and 1914. This new book, the first to be published by the Society, places them in their wider historical context, gives a brief account of each one, and draws together a number of themes that are common to them all.

Based on research into census returns, newspaper reports, trade directories, Poor Rate Assessments, parish records, Vestry minutes, Quarter Sessions minutes, maps, photographs and sketches, it not only tells the story of the pubs but also paints a vivid picture of life in Wheathampstead in the 19th century.

For more information about the book, including some sample pages, and an order form, click here. On the same page, you will find links to the individual histories of each of the 26 pubs.



Wheathampstead History Society was established in 2011. We are a voluntary organisation set up to share our interest and enjoyment in our local history and heritage. We aim to promote knowledge and understanding of the village, past and present, by means of research, publications, talks and displays.

We encourage local people to take an interest in and/or to research their local history and heritage. We liaise with other interested groups in the village and further afield.

We publish occasional bulletins and an annual newsletter and enjoy talks and outings. Supported by ‘All Our Stories' Heritage Lottery funding, a group of us spent a year researching ‘Our changing High Street over the last 100 years' and used digital media to tell the story. Please see History of the High Street .

Members are active in archaeology, recording oral history, and researching aspects of local history. In 2015 members created and put on a community play entitled ‘Wheathampstead's War' telling the story of some village men who went to fight in World War I and the War's impact on those left behind at home.

We meet on the third Wednesday in the month in the Mead Hall in East Lane (behind The Bull, next to the free car park) and have a programme of speakers.  

MEMBERSHIP is £8.00 a year for individuals and £12.00 a year for couples. Members pay a contribution of £1 per person per meeting attended and receive a free copy of our bulletins and newsletter. Visitors are charged £3.00 per meeting attended. Members are also affiliate members of Welwyn Archaeological Society and have free access to their meetings. 

You can become a member at any of our meetings or by downloading this membership form and sending it to our Membership Secretary along with a cheque made out to Wheathampstead History Society.


Chairperson:  Mike Smith

Hon. Treasurer: Stuart Lawson

Hon. Secretary: Ruth Jeavons, 44, Necton Road, Wheathampstead, St Albans AL4 8AU

Email address: whs@wheathampsteadheritage.org.uk