The first record of Slamseys Farm appears in the Domesday Book, where it’s listed as Slamondesheia, the name thought to originate from the Old English meaning enclosure of the sloe tree hill. The hedgerows around the farm still contain plenty of sloe bearing blackthorn along with a rich mixture of other plants and trees that provide a good habitat for wildlife.
At the end of the 19th century, like many other enterprising Devon farmers, the Wheaton family moved to Essex and progressed from farm to farm before settling at Slamseys in 1967.
Phil Wheaton started our retail Christmas business by selling Christmas trees from the farmhouse in the 1970s and then his sons Bill and Tom planted soft fruit in the field next to London Road. Unfortunately, the successful pick-your-own ended when the Gt Leighs by-pass was built over the fruit field and car park.
Slamseys is still a successful arable farm and the next generation are working on the farm and introducing their own diversifications.
Slamseys Farm is one of the commercial arable farms managed by the family company P H Wheaton & Co (Farms) Ltd.
Our main crops are wheat, barley, borage and beans that provide food for people and animals. We use modern technology to maximise production and protect the environment.
We also grow Christmas trees to sell in December and have a small area of soft fruit for Slamseys Gin.