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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. However, there was a "brewhouse" in the village from medieval times. In 1850 William Bagshaw recorded Beerhouse keepers as William Ashcroft and William Whitesides. Initially the current pub was an hotel and 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.
The extensive land at the back of the pub was once a market garden and grew flowers for sale. These 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.
The fire station build is well under way now but Wirral Council have published their Local Plan for consultation and sadly this includes much of Wirral's Green Belt potentially being replaced by housing estates! The fields around Saughall Massie have been included. The village Conservation Area Committee will be responding to the consultation documents and attending local meetings to make representation on behalf of our ancient village which has been here since at least the 1100's and probably before. Local residents are urged to go onto the Wirral Council website and respond to their suggested plan. Our local meeting is set for Tuesday, 18 September at West Kirby concourse. There are three meetings scheduled and you have to sign up for a "ticket" to attend so please check it out.
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 website 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