Christchurch Parish
The Farmers Arms
Old & New
The Plough
Old & New
Coach & Horses
Old & New
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The Royal British Legion still stands and still serves the dwindling veterans in the Moreton area,
a valued building and organisation that has stood the test of time. I also remember my
Grandmother telling me that in those days policeman would sort any trouble out by giving you a
clip round the head and then dragging you home to your mother by the ear, I dont think they
would get away with that now, however it may install a sense of discipline in today’s youth. The
policeman shes recalls, around the 1930-50s were Monty Cackerty, and Ted Prescott.  The latter
of whom used to call in to my great grandmothers Emma Mutch, during an evening patrol and sit
with a bottle of ale and chat for about half an hour each night !!

I was also told stories about how, before the rise of the motor car, my Grandmother would walk
the family down Station Road to the Shore to watch the wrestling shows and to the
circus which
sometimes paid a visit.  The circus was called
Ryan's fairground which had many activities for the
time.  She recalled how during a long stroll home, a gentleman once stopped his vehicle,
(scarce at the time), and offered them a lift back down the road to the cross. Being that it was
the first time she had been in a car she exclaimed… “we thought we were the bees knees !!”.  

An alternative route to the shore and a much quieter one was to go via Lingham Lane.  Back then
she recalled that Lingham Lane was a long desolate road with no buildings except a Felicity
Cottage which stood half way down on the right hand side owned by Kathleen Davies at the time
I believe.
Dating from the seventeenth century, the oldest of the three main public houses in Moreton was
the Plough Inn and the Druids Arms.  It is said that there has been an inn on that site since the
early 1600s which was built from local sandstone.  In the early 1930's it became known simply as
the Plough Inn.  The Farmers Arms on Barnston Lane dates to the late 1700's and even in the
early 1900's, parts were still being used as a farm.  The Car Park in front of the current pub is
where the old inn stood. It was then demolished during the 1930s to make way for the present
building.  In 1940 when a bomb from a German plane hit the road two Inebriated gentleman
returning home from the pub are said to have fell down the bomb crater.  In addition to this a
bomb fell into somebodys garden at the top of Netherton Road destoying it and another fell at
the corner of Barnston Lane and Hoylake road which destroyed a shelter killing one man and
injuring another.  
The youngest public house, the Coach and Horses dates from the early 1800's. The original
building was knocked down and replaced in 1928.  My Great Grand mother, Great Aunt and Grand
Mother all worked in the Coach & Horses either inside or  “scrubbing out” the steps.  The inn was
known locally as the cathedral, then later as the Big House in the 60s and 70s.  Click on the
thumbnails to view the old & new buildings.
The parish church of Christchurch which still stands today on
Upton Road was built in 1863 and designed by Messrs,
Cunningham & Audsley at a cost of 8000 school which was
funded by
William Inman of Upton Manor, whose shipping
company transported passengers to the Americas.   
There have been a handful of other public houses built in Moreton in more recent years but none