|Wellingborough & Kettering News, August 6th, 1881, transcribed by Kay Collins
DOMESTIC DIFFERENCESAt 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 Archer's statement, the Bench allowed the case to be withdrawn.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
WELLINGBOROUGH POLICE COURT
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.
APPLICATIONSamuel 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
WELLINGBOROUGH POLICE COURT
Friday, October 10th.Before Mr. F. U. Sartoris (in the chair), Mr. N. P. Sharman, and Mr. C. J. K. Woolston.
APPLICATIONSamuel 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, 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.