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The Mockbeggar Hall

Read about the history of the Grand National.

239–241 Hoylake Road, Moreton, Merseyside, CH46 0SL
This pub takes its name from Leasowe Castle, a local landmark built in 1591 which later became run down and known as Mockbeggar Hall.

A photograph and text about The Mockbeggar Hall.

The text reads: The name of this Wetherspoon freehouse recalls a nickname acquired by Leasowe Castle in the 17th century.

The castle was originally built by Ferdinand the 5th Earl of Derby, and probably used by the earls when they retired to this neighbourhood to enjoy country pursuits such as hunting and falconing.

The 7th Earl was a loyal supporter of King Charles 1st, and when the King lost the English Civil War, and his head, to the forces of Parliament led by Oliver Cromwell, the Earl’s head soon followed in 1651. Leasowe Castle fell into disrepair, and this is when it got its name ‘Mockbeggar Hall’.

In 1802 the castle was acquired by Mrs Mary Anne Boode. Her son-in-law Edward Cust inherited it. He was made a Baronet on his retirement as Master of Ceremonies to Queen Victoria, and had his family motto carved on the pillars at the gateway to the castle, QUI CUST ODIT CAVEAT – whoever Cust hates, beware!

A print and text about the 12th Earl of Derby.

The text reads: The 12th Earl of Derby, whose family were for centuries the Lords of Lancashire, was the founder of the Oaks and Derby horse races. His predecessor founded the Wallasey Stakes, a forerunner of the Derby.

Prints and text about the 1905 Grand National.

Above: ‘Tich’ Mason and Kirkland approach the finishing line with two riderless horses in front
Below: Kirkland returning to the unsaddling enclosure.

The text reads: This was the year that ‘Tich’ Mason won on Kirkland, owned by Mr Frank Bibby of Liverpool. The picture above shows the start, and below, Kirkland jumping the chair.

The text reads: The leading steeplechase jockey of his day, seen here on 1905 Grand National winner Kirkland, lived in nearby Pasture Road, and built the shops (below) at Moreton Cross from his winnings.

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