As with most old pubs im sure The Wheatsheaf has had its fair share of spectral sightings over the years, but unfortunately not alot documented.
Other local sightings of strange things include the famous Surrey puma roaming around local fields and growling at drinkers on their way home!

The Wheatsheaf seems to have been listed as a Beer house in 1911 / 1913 / 1958 / 1962 & 1980 onwards. The older map found shows there was an earlier settlement on this site from 1850 with some old wells around the Wheatsheaf location.

Henfield on B2116 Wheatsheaf Rd (also known as Albourne Rd). ..... Plummers Plain Horsham we believe falls into the area of Lower Beeding, it’s a typical West Sussex village with a pretty church and surrounded by beautiful countryside and the 12,000 acres of St. Leonard’s Forest. The village has one public house and two hotels, a village shop and a school for children up to the age of 11. The delightful village pond has been reclaimed by local residents and won a commendation from the District Council. At Plummers Plain there is a spring that is the official source of the River Ouse - it eventually exits into the sea at Newhaven.

The modern village of Lower Beeding further south lies at c. 330 ft. above sea level, and land near the northern boundary of the parish reaches 350 ft. The northern part drains north-eastwards to the river Mole; the tributary stream through Bewbush tithing runs in a shallow valley which is followed by the Horsham-Crawley road and railway line. In the 16th century it was dammed to form a hammerpond for a furnace at Bewbush, later drained. South of the watershed formed by the east-west ridge at Colgate rise springs which flow west to form the upper Arun; two were also dammed in the 16th century to form Hawkins and Hammer ponds, while another follows a valley through the area formerly of open heath land called Plummers Plain. Further south again streams drain south or west to join the Adur, forming ponds near Newells Farm House and at Leonardslee; Furnace pond near Leonardslee was another hammerpond.

Two east-west roads which wholly or partly follow prominent ridges seem to be ancient routes. The more northerly, through Colgate, was part of a route from Horsham to Ashdown Forest, and passes the sites of two prehistoric barrows in Lower Beeding parish. It certainly existed in 1650, and was known in part in 1982 as Black Hill. The other road, from Horsham to Slaugham, passes close to Money mound, a Neolithic and Iron Age site which retained a religious function in Roman times. That road too was used in the early 18th century, and evidently also in the late 16th, since its present course runs along the dams of Hawkins and Hammer ponds and therefore provided the chief means of access to the ironworks there. Part of the road was called Hammer Hill in the 1870s; in 1981 it was called Hammerpond Road. It is not clear which of the two roads was the road from Horsham to St. Leonard's Forest or St. Leonard's chapel mentioned in 1362 and later. A third east-west route in the late 18th century led from Faygate on the north-west edge of the parish, south of Holmbush house, and then by way of Bewbush Manor House and Buckswood Farm (in Ifield) to Crawley. In the early 18th century a branch road from Colgate to Holmbush linked it with the first road described above, to form one of two roads between Horsham and Crawley.

In the south the road from Cowfold to St. Leonard's Forest, known as Long Hill in 1982, existed by 1530. By 1724 the higher southern part of Plummers Plain, near the modern village of Lower Beeding, had become a meeting place of roads from Cowfold, Horsham, Ashington, and Cuckfield. The road from Cowfold via Plummers Plain to Handcross in Slaugham was turnpiked in 1771, and the road via Manning’s Heath to Horsham in 1792. The linking road which forms the north side of the triangle of roads near Lower Beeding village became a turnpike in 1830. In the late 18th century there were many other roads or tracks across the un-enclosed land of the centre of the parish. The only one to survive as a through route in 1981 was Grouse Road, part of which follows a ridge between Hawkins and Hammer ponds. Meanwhile the road to Maplehurst in Nuthurst which follows the ridge past Old Park in the south-west had presumably existed since at least the 17th century when the farmhouse was apparently built; parts of it were called Prings Lane and Park Lane in the 1870s.

The reclamation of heath land which was also made possible by the new roads was accompanied by extensive house building. The two chief periods of reclamation were the years after 1801, and the decade 1841-51, when many cottages were built. A considerable number of new settlers had already arrived by the 1820s & In the 1840s the total number of houses in the parish increased from 146 to 214; most new ones were in the south for there were only 19 houses in Bewbush tithing in 1851, when 684 people, nearly two thirds of the population, lived south of Hammerpond Road. In 1847 the population of the reclaimed area was said to be very scattered: besides Lower Beeding village and Crabtree hamlet, then each with c. 20 houses, there were cottages in various parts of the forest, some in groups of five or six, and many difficult of access. Many small early 19th-century houses survived in the south in 1981, most were along the road between Lower Beeding village and Ashfold crossways in the east or its south-western continuation between the village and the Horsham-Crabtree road, while others were along roads leading south-east from the first mentioned road, and in Hammerpond Road. Characteristically they were two-storied, of sandstone, of brick, sometimes laid in 'rat-trap' bond, or with hung tiles. Their similarity of design suggests that they were built at much the same time, but it is not clear which of the two periods mentioned they belong to.
Many of the houses put up in the 1840s were occupied in 1851 by the labourers employed in the reclamation, and some were evidently destroyed in the next decade, when the number of houses in the parish decreased. Witnesses in 1900 remembered a much larger population in the forest in the past than then existed, many living in huts rather than houses; c. 50 small holdings were said to have been given up in the later 19th century. One larger early 19th-century building away from any road survived in 1981: Newstead Farm, on a ridge in the east part of the parish, which is also built partly of sandstone.
After 1861 the total number of houses in the parish increased again, rapidly at first but more slowly during the later 19th century. In 1867 the population was still said to be sparse. Nevertheless after c. 1850 nucleated settlements began to be more prominent.

The modern Lower Beeding village called Plummers Plain crossways by 1848, attracted settlement as the site chosen in 1840 for the parish church. By the 1870s it was known as Lower Beeding. There were then several houses there, besides an inn and a post office, and a few more were built by 1896. There were c. 25 buildings there in 1875, including a chapel and a public house, and more in 1896. At Colgate six or seven houses existed in the 1870s, a church being built in 1871; by 1848 there was also a beer house. More houses were built by c. 1900, when the hamlet seemed very much a forest settlement. There were also three or four houses at Ashfold crossways in the east of the parish c. 1875; the hamlet acquired a mission room soon afterwards and later a beer house. Gentlemen's houses also increased in number during the later 19th century. In 1862 eleven persons were listed as private residents, and by 1903 there were 25.
Few figures for the pre-19th-century population of Lower Beeding exist. Five people were taxed in St. Leonard's Forest in 1524. The high figure of 206 communicants recorded in Beeding parish in 1676 may include inhabitants of Lower as well as Upper Beeding. In 1801 the population of Lower Beeding was said to be 230, but that figure may have excluded dwellers in St. Leonard's Forest as the figures of 533 for 1831 and 775 for 1841 certainly did.
An alehouse called the Black Dog in St. Leonard's Forest was mentioned in 1721. The Crabtree public house in the south was recorded in 1771 and survived in 1981; between 1786 and 1810 the Burbeach hundred court was sometimes held there. The Plough public house in Lower Beeding village was recorded in 1838, and there were beer houses at Colgate in 1878 and at Ashfold crossways in 1909; all three survived in 1981.
Before the 19th century, owing to the lack of resident gentry and the absence of strong civil and ecclesiastical jurisdiction, Lower Beeding was a wild and often lawless place; disputes were sometimes settled by force, and in the late 18th century the forest was apparently a meeting place for smugglers. In the 1820s the new settlers of the forest were said to be notorious for their disorderly and profligate conduct, the parish being 'the resort of the idle and worthless from the surrounding neighbourhood'; there was said to be much 'open fornication' c. 1829, and even several cases of incest. In the later 19th and early 20th centuries, by contrast, the parish was in many ways dominated by its newly resident gentry families, often interconnected by marriage, which were responsible for many benefactions, notably the Aldridge’s of St. Leonard's house, the Clifton Browns of Holmbush, and the Hubbard’s of Leonardslee. As late as 1867 it was said that the parish had only recently begun to be civilized, evidently as a result of the erection of the church at Lower Beeding and of the school nearby.

George Boniface - 1841

William Baines - 1905

Gregory Robert W - 1911

Old Map of Wheatsheaf Beer House ( B/H )