History of The Union
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The Union Inn premises are thought to date from the sixteenth century. Known as The Swan until the early 1800’s, the property was owned by the Church probably as a brewhouse. The name changed to commemorate the Act of Union, which united Ireland with England, Scotland and Wales, in 1801.
Records show that between 1828 and 1830 the landlord was a Mr John Colridge, the Great, Great, Great Grandfather of the present owner.
During the 19th century The Union was an important tavern providing stabling and refreshment for visitors to Moreton. The original 17th stables are at the rear of the premises and have been converted into the Stable Room. A set of original horse brasses dating from the late 19thcentury are on display within the pub.
Other features of interest in the bar area include the fireplace which probably dates from the early twentieth century and has recently been uncovered from behind a small modern fireback. Most of the tongue and groove panelling around the walls dates from the late nineteenth century. It is possible to see the beam of the oak panelled wall, that previously separated the bar area from the lounge, and which was removed after the Second World War.
The present interior has remained essentially unchanged for the last 50 years, with the exception of some recent improvements which hopefully mix the old with the new.
Further information about The Union Inn, a fascinating story about death from excessive drinking, and the Colridge family is available on Moretonhampstead History Society Web site under the historical gazetteer and "who was whom" sections