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My Great Aunt still recalls today how prone Moreton was to flooding.  She remembers many times
when they would have to wade through water around the cross.  Most notably she remembers

Fanny Birches
Sweet Shop which when entered went below ground level by stepping down two
steps.  Often the shop would become flooded and poor old Mrs Birch would have to be lifted out by
two gentlemen from the local shops.  

Moreton Bowling club used to stand on Hoylake Road just before Barnston lane before a row of old
cottages and the old Coach & Horses inn.  The club drew attention from many talented players but
was later moved to the Wallasey area.   

The shops at the corner of upton road still have name plates between their top windows of winning
horses ridden by a famous local man.  His name was
Frank “Titch” Mason.  Titch was a fellow
Moreton resident whos prize horse
“Kirkland” won the 1905 Grand National.  Subsequently he
named his house “
Kirkland House” on Pasture Road.
Kirkland 1905
Grand National Winner
Name plates above the
old Shop WIndows
The shops contain many plaques all of which have the names of horses which were all prize
winners that
Titch Mason rode.  Further down to the shore an old building still stands now under
constant security as it has completely shut down.  It was formerly known as Father Berry's home
or Castle Blake, when it was used to house orphans from Liverpool who's parents had been lost
at sea whilst serving in the Navy. In later years it was the lighthouse café, providing a year round
service to the day tippers and locals.  The large grey house now stands empty on the corner of
Leasowe road waiting for somebody to take over its lost history  
Blake House Today
A good source of entertainment was Moreton picture house which stood on the corner of Moreton
cross.  The cinema was known locally and affectionately by the locals as the Flea Pitt.  It was
owned by man called 'Southern Morpy', a Jewish gentleman who also owned the Ritz cinema in
Birkenhead.  The cinema opened in 1921 and at its peak held 850 people until its closure in 1964.  
Several of my family worked in the during the 1940s and 1960's all of whom hold fond memories
of that time.  My great aunt can remember when the que's would come rights out of the cinema
and around the corner of the building just to get in to see the film as in those days there was
only one screen.  After the cinema closed down it was used for a number of different shops until it
became a relatively popular bingo hall which it still trades as today.  
Moreton Picture House
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cross when the area was free from traffic, clutter and litter.  On weekends friends would meet
from different parts of Moreton and ask "What news from your end?".