Woolpack, Banstead

History of the Woolpack

The original Woolpack Inn was trading in the High Street in the 17th century and down the years has played a vital part in the day to day life of the village of Banstead.

For much of the 19th century much of the local parish business was held at the pub. John Ingrimes, who was landlord at the pub for a lengthy period was also Receiver of the Mail, an important position at a time when mail was delivered by a network of coaches.

Throughout the 1920s and 1930s the pub acted a watering station for local buses that has struggled up the hill from nearby Sutton. Early radiators were notoriously prone to overheating.

The original Woolpack Inn was badly damaged on August 8, 1944 when a German V1 flying rocket landed nearby, killing one person and injuring many others.

It was decided that the old pub had been damaged beyond repair and this gave Surrey County Council the opportunity to redevelop the area, and in crucially to widen the High Street.

The current Woolpack was given planning approval in 1955 and promptly rebuilt. It remains at the heart of village life.