Any of the older generation who lived in or around Moreton for a number of years will tell you that much of the cross and the roads surrounding it were covered by farms. These included Bunker Parkinsons Farm also known as Yew Tree farm on Barnston Lane, Brasseys Farm and Hazlehursts Farm on Station Road, which is now Pasture Road, Ivy which when frozen in the winter, would be used by the locals to go ice skating.
By far the oldest of all is Old Hall Farm, more recently known as Puvells pig farm in Barnston Lane. The building dates back to 1719 which the date stone clearly shows. The Farm was built for Daniel Wilson who was the son of Robert Wilson from Bidston Hall. Further information on this can be obtained by clicking on the Old Hall Farm option on the left hand menu.
Old Hall Farm
One famous building which has now gone, once stood on the corner of Barnston Lane and garden Lane. It was a large luxurious house owned by the well known Briscoe family. Harry Briscoe was extremely wealthy I believe i am led to believe.
The Briscoe family moved on and sadly the house was demolished to become the bowling green for the Coach and horses.
The bowling green served the Coach & Horses for many years but eventually became obsolete and was sold to make way for a car park for the local shops and amenities.
The Coach & Horses Today
As you may know many of the road names have also changed over the years. The start of and previous to that it was known as Back Lane. Chadwick Street was once Park Road. Dig Lane was also formally known as Dog Lane and Danger Lane was Dangers Lane. Clap lane once stood off station road by the farms but has long since disappeared.
The development of the cross took many years to urbanise. The cross roads are reputed to date back to the 1600s however the surrounding area would have been much more desolate. Moreton cross used to harbour a large plantation surrounding by a stone wall. The plantation was used by the local police service to house strays cows and sheep. Gradually from 1910 to 1926 it was cleared of all trees, except one. A Silver Birch which for an urbanisation and building project to cope with the growing demand for housing in Moreton.
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A small lane with no name used to run between Old Hall Farm and the Farmers arms inn. The small cottages long since demolished which was owned by 'old Ma Allen' and Mr Allen. Iv been told stories of Mr Allen waving a shotgun around shouting at people who trespassed on their land during the 60s.
The other cottage saw a variety of people who rented it. One such man was Mr Finigan, who stepped off a moving train at Leasowe whilst under the influence of alcohol. I'm told this was either during the war or just after it, upon his return home. The path and bungalows no longer exists now and nor does the road or gateway leading to the land.
The Site of the House
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