113-117 High Street

  • 1985/6
  • 1985/6
  • 2018
Archive Notes:

2 photos taken in 1985/6, one of the old Chequers and previous College Farm, and the other looking along the far end of High Street and into Crown Road.

113 High Street and 115 High Street This was the Chequers Inn which was trading as such in 1630 or, maybe, earlier. In the1920s, 113 High Street had become a grocery and sweet shop which latterly traded as Blakes until at least 1965 (see record 1799).  By the end of the 1960s, both were houses and the Gomm family lived in one of these.

College Farm This is marked on a map of 1593 but appears to have been rebuilt in the seventeenth or eighteenth century, believed to have been in 1768. Thomas James Robbins, son of James Robbins, was living here in 1891, 1901 and 1911 and it was in the attic here that James Robbins’ notebooks were found. It was bought by All Souls College in 1904, the college already owned surrounding land. Later it was the home of William Tombs, one of the pioneers of Local Government in Wheatley.

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