The Saddle Inn, Great Marton, Blackpool.
The Saddle was at the heart of the agricultural community
of Great Marton. Like other inns in the Fylde
there were regular auction sales of farms, cottages & land. In the event
of a death in the locality, the inquest was usually held at the inn.
Advert for Grey Conqueror, a stud bred by Sir Charles
Tempest of Broughton Hall, Yorkshire, and owned by William Dixon of Lea Gate
& L. Billington of The Bull Hotel, Preston. Blood Mares
5s. the Groom, Half-bred Mares, One Guinea & 2s.6d. the Groom. Taking
five days to pass through the Fylde & Wyre in 1851, he
stopped at: The Saddle, Great Marton, Golden Ball, Poulton, Stalmine, Golden
Ball, Pilling, Cockerham, Sandside, Thurnham, Condor Green, White Lion Inn,
Lancaster, Scotforth, Galgate, Old Holly, Cabus, Pack Horse Inn, Garstang, Roe
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The Preston Guardian,
Saturday, January 10, 1852.
On Saturday last, after a short illness,
Mr.William Parkinson, innkeeper, Saddle Inn, Great Marton, aged
Auction Sale held at the Saddle Inn, Great Marton,
30th August, 1870. This sale was for Robert Whiteside's Hawes Side Farm,
Great Marton & also meadow in Layton with Warbreck. Farmers attended
many these sales to increase their holdings.
Guardian, Saturday, March 21st 1874.
The license of the
Saddle Inn, Great Marton, was transferred from Joseph Walmsley to
The Preston Guardian,
Saturday, December 26, 1874.
THROUGH EXCESSIVE DRINKING AT A SALE.
One of the saddest
instances of deaths we know of—the facts of which were briefly
reported in our last issue—through allowing an unlimited quantity
of drink at sales has recently occurred at Great Marton,
At the inquest
held at the police station; Blackpool, on Saturday afternoon,
before Mr. Alderman Gilbertson, coroner, it was stated that two
men, named Thomas Cartmell, labourer, 42 years of age, and John
Sanderson, farmer, 27 years of
age, both of whom resided at Great Marton Moss Side, went to a sale
of property at the Saddle Inn, Great Marton on the afternoon of
From the evidence
adduced by a number of witnesses it would appear that when the men
got to the public-house they began to partake freely of
intoxicating liquors, and there was at their disposal on the
kitchen table gin, rum, whisky, part, and sherry. When the sale
commenced in another room more of the same kind of liquor was
placed on the table for the use of those
The property sold
very high. The two deceased men continued to imbibe the " cheap
drink," and the auctioneer (Mr. Butcher) remarked that Cartmell was
getting " very fresh." In time he got so fresh that he had to be
taken out of the room, Sanderson following him.
About six o'clock
the same evening Grace Cartmell, daughter of deceased, was sent to
fetch her father home. When she got to the inn, deceased, who was
very drunk, was brought to the door by the landlord and another
man. No sooner had he got outside than he fell full length on the
footpath. Here he lay
till assistance was procured, when he was conveyed to a barn on the
opposite side of the road. It was impossible to make him understand
or take the slightest notice of what was being said to
sister of Sanderson went for her brother, and found him "all of a
hump" on the sofa, with his head down. Both were put in a cart and
taken home. The night was very cold. When they were lifted out of
the cart they appeared to be dead.
The same night Dr.
Sharp was called to Sanderson, and pronounced him dead. Witness had
known deceased eight or ten years, and said he was always a
delicate man. He also knew Cartmell as a stout, hard-working man.
On making a post-mortem examination of the body of the latter
he found no marks of
violence save a few external bruises as might be produced by a fall. The brain,
lungs, end kidneys were healthy, but greatly congested, and in the
stomach there was some food half digested. The bladder was
very full. In 'his opinion
deceased died from congestion of the brain produced partly by an
excess of drink, and partly by being exposed to the cold. In the
case of Sanderson, as being a weaker man, he thought the same
causes would have a speedier result.
After the coroner
had summed up the evidence, the jury returned the following verdict
:—" That the deceased died from congestion of the brain, produced
by the excessive use of ardent spirits, aggravated by exposure to
the cold." The jury also censured the practice of the unlimited
supply of intoxicating liquors on the occasion of sales of
Guardian, Saturday, April 12, 1879
STRANGE DEATH AT
Mr. Gilbertson coroner, held an
inquest on Monday, at the Saddle Inn, Marton, on
the body of Andrew Whiteside, aged two years and
seven months, son of Andrew and Lavinia Whiteside,
The deceased had been unwell for
a week. On Wednesday he was stood upon a chair,
the table, when he took hold of the teapot, and,
before his parents were able to prevent him, he
drank some of the hot tea out of the spout.
He immediately began
to vomit, and continued to do so for some time. His
mother gave him some syrup.
Dr. Sharp was called in next day,
but, notwithstanding that gentleman's efforts, the
deceased expired on Friday. A. verdict of "Died
from natural causes, accelerated by drinking hot
tea," was returned.
A paper bag used for spirits sold
at The Saddle to drink off the premises
c1900. William Leigh was landlord of the Saddle Inn
from 1892. The building was extended in 1924. His wife, Elizabeth,
was still there in 1949.
Blackpool Herald, November 26th, 1949.
Lords" and "Commons"
WHILE talk of limiting the power of the House of
Lords is in the air, let's take a look at a House of Lords where
they never reach a decision, although in session every day in the
year. This House of Lords is a room in one of the Fylde's oldest
inns, The S a d d l e, Whitegate-drive, Marton. The inn, which is
over 100 years old, possesses also a House of Commons, but the
Lords is far superior, because in here no women are allowed.
That, however, doesn't make it any quieter
There's just as much talk. And if discussions on things like
devaluation and atom bombs usually work round to Stanley Mortensen
and Stanley Matthews who will blame them ?
Over the doorway of each is a sign—"House of Lords" on one, "
House of Commons " on the other. The Saddle has the oldest inn
tenant in the Fylde, Mrs. Eliza Leigh, who has been there for 57
MRS. LEIGH recalls that up to 70 years ago the
inn was called the " Roundabout," in the days when Whitegate- drive
was a mere lane and the one road to Preston was Preston Old-road.
With her husband, Mr.William Leigh, who died 15 years ago,
Mrs.Leigh came to the Oxford Hotel in 1891 and then they moved to
the Mrs. Leigh Saddle a year later.
That was in the
days when horses were fed and given water in the stables at
the front of the inn. The front of the inn in those days is
now the back. All traffic on the way to Preston would stop at
the Saddle. Mrs. Leigh remembers that in those days unless she
could obtain a lift on a milk float she had to walk into
Blackpool and that in those days there was maypole dancing on
the green, now Oxford-square.
The inn was surrounded by farms and meadows with
just a few houses and only five farms between the inn and
Devonshire square. About 25 years ago the inn was extended 14
feet on the south gable. The stables at the back are now used as
OLD customs have been kept alive there probably
longer than in other places, for in spite of Blackpool's growth
Marton is still Marton and tradition still dies hard. On Simnel
Sunday before the war there was always a slice of Simnel cake and a
glass of mulled ale made with eggs and served hot for the
customers. For years at Christmas Mrs. Leigh has always given an
apple and an orange to the children in the village, something which
they still look forward to.
Up to about 30 years ago the governors of
Baines's Endowed School had a dinner at the Saddle on Candlemas
Day, February 2. The late James Cardwell, three times Mayor, of
Blackpool, attended this with Mr. John; Ferguson, the Rev.
James Crabtree and several others. There was always a leg of lamb,
roast beef and plum pudding set alight with brandy.
rooms of the inn are always a full or seem to be because of
the old prints that line the walls. It looks rather like a
small art gallery for the pictures include Queen Mary, Queen
Alexandra, Queen Victoria and the Kaiser in his prime. This
fascinating collection belongs to Mrs. Leigh and as well as
Royalty there are prints of old battleships.
In 1942. Mrs. Leigh celebrated her jubilee as
tenant of the Saddle and among her gifts were 50 roses from the
directors of Catterall and Swarbrick's brewery.