The Wheatsheaf, Little Burstead
This is not strictly within our community but as a considerable amount of Laindon including our railway station, which was a king pin in the evolution of Laindon, was in the Little Burstead Parish I think we can stray occasionally.The Wheatsheaf was the village local for many years, but 28th September 1964, was the last night drinks were served by the landlord John Allan and his wife Doreen. They had been there since 1955. Economic reasons forced Charringtons to close the pub.
To add a little more local interest to this last photograph one of my old neighbours, from the days when I lived in Dunton, Ron Bonnett lived in the cottage next to the pub for a short period after he got married. The newly weds had regular visits, in the early days, by Ron’s father Bill. These regular visits were not out of concern as to how they were settling to married life. The attraction was the fact that the cottage was so close to the Wheatsheaf that his pint could be ordered and collected through the kitchen window and he could remain sitting in comfort.