Sunday, 16 September 2012

Drawn from the wood

Here’s an interesting discovery I came across recently on a long-defunct pub called the Wheatsheaf in the Winchester suburb of St Cross. Along the side is a panel saying ALE & STOUT DRAWN FROM THE WOOD. The fact that it appears to be tiled, and refers to stout, suggests that it very much predates the CAMRA era. Does anyone have any idea which brewing company may have originally been responsible for putting it up?


  1. Found several ads (from about 1914) for Hancock's (Wiveliscombe?) using that slogan.

  2. Ooh, look at this.

    Doesn't help with the history, though. It doesn't look like the typical Winchester Brewery style - maybe Strong's or Brickwood's...

    I doubt whether a Wiveliscombe brewery would have penetrated so far east.

  3. In the 1970s the Wheatsheaf was run by Eldridge Pope but the beer was awful. The Guildhall Tavern in the city centre has a similar but more fancy sign, that was also an EP house.

  4. I should have added the Guildhall Tavern is now a Pitcher & Piano. Picture here

  5. Ah -- much more likely: Mitchells & Butlers also using the exact phrase "Ales & Stout Drawn from the Wood" in 1930s newspaper advertisements.

  6. Understand that it was designed by Thomas Stopher Jnr in the 1880s for Eldridge Pope. Became a Wine shop in the 1970s and finally a private house some time in the 1990s.


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