This page attempts to explain the significance and meaning behind the Wheatsheaf Inn Sign. Research is augmented with photographs of pub signs.



 

Inn Signs
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Wheatsheaf

Background Information
The sign of The Wheatsheaf has been popular since the 17th century. Indeed, a sheaf of wheat appears in several coats-of-arms, including those of the Worshipful Company of Bakers [1486]. Moreover, it appears in the arms of the Brewers' Company.

A cereal grown throughout the world, wheat is thought to have originated from the Fertile Crescent region of the Near East. With global production amounting to more than 600 million tons, wheat is the third most-produced cereal, being surpassed only by maize and rice. However, wheat is the leading source of vegetable protein in our food.

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More importantly for beer aficionados, and a key reason that the sheaf appears on many inn signs, wheat, like barley, is used in the fermentation to make beer and other alcoholic beverages.

The sign of The Wheatsheaf is more common in rural areas and, in some cases, a public house called The Wheatsheaf formed part of a farm estate on which the crop was cultivated and harvested.
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Inn sign of The Wheatsheaf at Walsall [2010]

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William Shakespeare
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