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Shoulder Of Mutton

Picture source: Movement80

The Shoulder Of Mutton is now used as a private dwelling. Purchased by the Weller Brewery in 1819, the building is now in residential use.

Source: Robert Osborne

I visited and stayed at the above pub on a number of occasions in the mid-seventies. At that time, it was owned by a couple who had previously lived on Canvey Island (he was a civil engineer) and they bought the pub. During Edward Heath’s years in office as PM, the pub was designated a ‘safe house’ by the security services. Mr. Heath wanted a small pub, close to Chequers, where he could escape for a quiet pint. The owner built an extension with rooms and many important meetings (cabinet, TUC) were held there. It was also used as a quiet day for a State Visitor (The Emperor of Japan was one, I believe). As soon as Heath left office, it was no longer used for that purpose.

I had many most interesting conversations with the landlord when he described how he was first approached and how, over a period of time, he became more and more trusted and he preserved the ‘safe house’ status with no leaks. I am sorry to hear that I will not be able to pay a return visit.

John Jewiss

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Name Dates Comments
Beverly Bell 1968/1969 Don was the publican had such happy times there. Super scampi and chips
Nathaniel Grouille 1988/1990 Worked as a waiter, kitchen hand, occasional barkeep whilst at school. My sister also worked there and did the same, plus sometimes babysat for Steve, the owner and his wife.
Other Photos
Date of photo: 1989

Image taken from the Sharing Wycombe's Old Photographs website www.swop.org.uk, and shown with the permission of the copyright holder HIgh Wycombe Library