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Wayland, 43 Colchester Road, Weeley

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Wayland Restaurant, 43 Colchester Road - in 1977

Wayland Restaurant, 43 Colchester Road - in 1977

Wayland Free House, Weeley - circa 1984

Wayland Free House, Weeley - circa 1984

Wayland Free House, Weeley - circa 1984

Wayland Free House, Weeley - circa 1984

The Birches, Weeley - in 2001

The Birches, Weeley - in 2001

All kindly provided by Chris Estall

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My mum & dad built the Wayland Tea House on spare land they owned with their nursery. They were building it around 1959 and there was no Tea House there prior to that only some pavilion that they used as a greengrocery & sweet shop. They sold it just before VAT came in!! So 1972/73 but there was a chap owned it from Frinton on Sea before Chris evidentally. Of course it wasn't licenced whilst they owned it, so if only to put the information correct prior to that. **

My friend Chris Estall brought the Wayland in December 1976, had the building enlarged and opened it as a Freehouse pub in October 1984. Sold it in 1986. The front building was built in 1950, however there was probably a building on the site before that which was used as a Tea Room before the second world war. For years the bus stop near the Wayland was called the Weeley Tea Room stop.  *

This pub had a fantastic 20ft bar top made from a thick single lengthways section of Elm. For years before it was a pub it had been a very popular venue for weddings and ’Firms’ Christmas Dinner Dances, unfortunately the later being a long gone tradition! Only to be replaced by Annual Performance Reviews & Team Meetings! There had been a Tea Room on the site from at least the 1920’s. There is now a small housing development on the same site.  *



* Provided by Mick Hearn & Chris Estall

** Provided by Mrs Bruce

And Last updated on: Monday, 02-Sep-2019 16:09:31 BST