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Saughall Massie is a village on the Wirral Peninsula, England. It is bordered by Moreton, Upton, Meols and Greasby. The conservation area is located in the heart of the village and was designated in January 1974 by the Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council. Saughall Massie was one of the four ancient townships in the parish of Bidston. The surrounding area is rural and within the conservation boundary there are two farms and six listed buildings, some of which date back to the 17th century and earlier.
The Conservation Area Society exists to promote the well-being of the inhabitants and the village within the conservation area. It is non political and inclusive, having an open membership to every householder who resides within the conservation area boundary. It acts as a consultee to the local authority on matters of planning, traffic, conservation, environment, security and heritage.
The Saughall pub has been a centre piece of the village for many years. Initially the pub was an hotel with the villagers obtaining their beer from the cottage/brew house next door. The Licensee for the Saughall (Arms) Hotel in 1864 is listed as a Thomas Langley, followed by a William Mealor in 1878 with others following on since then. The Saughall road was part of the old Toll Road from Upton through to Meols so there would have been a demand for food, drink and accommodation in those days.
Since its refurbishment a year or so ago the pub has been completely revitalised. We are pleased to report that the pub is now under the management of Mark whose family also run The Shippons in Irby and The Wheatsheaf in Neston. Mark has introduced a daily Carvery menu with other options available. The Tuesday night quiz is running, poker is being tried on a Wednesday and live music continues to be played at the weekend.
The land at the back of the pub has begun to be used for growing vegetables which harks back to its earlier days when previous tenants also ran the land as a market garden. Flowers were collected on a regular basis from several families in the village as well as the pub tenants and taken over to Covent Garden market in Liverpool to be sold to the restaurants, hotels and city dwellers.
Sadly following the Planning Committee's visit to the site in Saughall Massie and a further two and a half hour debate at the Planning Meeting on Thursday 20 July, the Planning Committee passed the Fire Services' application for the new fire station on the green belt land in Saughall Massie. The only recourse now is to ask the Secretary of State to review the application and we can all write asking for that to take place. Councillor Bruce Berry has sent out the following information to help us in this process.
"So what can we do now? We can write to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, and ask him to call the decision in for closer scrutiny, saying you believe the Council has acted improperly in approving the application despite the overwhelming evidence against it. Please be aware we only have 21 days from the date of approval to submit our request. The Secretary of State can be contacted at: http://forms.communities.gov.uk/ or you can email him direct at: email@example.com Alternatively you can write to him at: The Department for Communities and Local Government, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF."
You will be pleased to know that the Planning Application to close Diamond Farm as a working farm and build houses on the site has been rejected. See our News & Events page for the full details.
Our Chairman and his father recently visited Ypres and Thiepval - With 2016 being the Somme anniversary read the account of their trip which is very moving. You can also see on our Gallery the picture of local men marching through the village in September 1914. To commemorate World War 1 the Society hosted two talks in the Saughall Pub. The first was about the Wirral Pals regiment and the second about Battlefield Remains. To read more see our News & Events page click here for more information.
Throughout the site you will also see paintings by local artist, Grace Horne. Grace visited the village as a child and has happy memories of picking blackberries in the local hedgerows. As an accomplished artist, she painted many views of the village in the 'sixties and 'seventies which she has kindly allowed us to photograph for the website. Some of these views no longer exist but others have hardly changed at all but you are unlikely to see geese wandering around in front of the Saughall pub these days! See our Gallery for more views of the village, both old and new including more paintings by Grace Horne and also works by Harold Hopps and Mavis Blackburn (courtesy of the Williamson Art Gallery.
For reminiscences about old Saughall Massie which includes pictures and memories of years gone by, captured by some of our residents - see our new Memories tab on the left of this page.
POST CODE CH46 5ND
N 53° 23•369"
W 3° 07•438"
OS grid reference SJ247882