Pubs of Wallasey : Index

The Sebastopol, The Jolly Sailor, The Blue Bell, The Long Pull, The Abbotsford, are just a few names of old pubs from the past. They served their ‘last orders’ a lifetime ago. Inns which went ‘out’ when the town started to change from a collection of semi-rural villages – fields and farms and flower-filled hedgerows – to a bustling borough.

For its size, Wallasey had always been well provided with hostelries. By the 1960’s it had over sixty for its population of 104.000.

In them, the mahogany and leaded glass fixtures had given way to thick carpets and dinky tables. There are bright, upholstered stools. Sporting calendars had gone from the walls. Decoration was the thing. Space and strip lighting.  Solid stuff went out. Everything wore the modern look. “Snugs” were rare. The pubs of the town, like the town itself, had undergone a revolution. Many closing owing to publicans struggling to make a living because of the smoking ban, high beer taxes and cheaper alcohol purchased in supermarkets.

Alehouse Register, 1561

Some of the old pubs dated back to the reign of Elizabeth I. There is a document called the 'Alehouse Register', dated 1561, which contains “the names of all p’sons which kept alehouses within the Hundred of Werroll.” Four were in Wallasey. They were the Pool Inn, Poulton, The Cheshire Cheese, Wallasey Village, The Boot Inn, Liscard and The Ferry Hotel, Seacombe.

Part One:
New Brighton,
Wallasey Village

Part Two:
Egremont, Seacombe,
Moreton, Leasowe,
Saughall Massie