A historic inn on the Wirral Peninsula has been redecorated by Whittle. The Wheatsheaf Inn, in the village of Raby Mere, is thought to be the oldest public house in Wirral. Officially dating back to 1611, some local historians believe it really began operating in the thirteenth century to service thirsty travellers crossing the Wirral.
Hundreds of years later, during the summer of 2006, Whittle refurbished the distinctive black and white façade of the Inn. The work was completed on behalf of Leverhulme Estates over a four week period, and involved the preparation and recoating of all external surfaces to the Inn which is listed by English Heritage as a building of ‘special architectural or historic interest’. The grade two listed building contained a number of substrates including half timber, sandstone, brick and render, along with a variety of traditional finishes including limewash and linseed treated timbers. Both the Inn Manager, Wes Charlesworth and Leverhulme Estates Manager Paul Cottrell, are delighted with the work, which was completed with minimal disruption to the clientele of the Inn and adjoining Cowshed Restaurant during the extremely busy summer period.