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Morland Pub Signs of Old Berkshire

Updated on April 19, 2015

Morland Pub Signs | The Artist Fayer

Many visitors to Abingdon are intrigued and delighted by the curious Painter Ceramic Plaque which graces actual & former Morland Pubs. The plaques were produced by Poole Pottery or Carter Tile Works and was designed by Reginald Bell. The painter depicted is known as "The Artist Fayer".

They are extremely colorful as befits the artist depicted. Quoting from the brochure produced for the shareholders on the occasion of the 250th anniversary:

'An interesting connection of the Morland family with the famous 18th century artist of the same name is still preserved by the Company's Trade Mark, which depicts a painter of that period.'

Apparently the Georgian landscape painter, George Morland (1763-1804), was a member of the family, and that is how brushes and palette come to feature in the trade mark of the brewery, I cannot find actual proof of this.

Former Morlands Brewery Abingdon

The sculpture represents barrel making. The former Morlands Headquarters buildings have been converted into luxury apartments. The conversion of the former buildings is considered a great success.

The Brewery Tap, Ock Street, Abingdon

The Brewery Tap being adjacent to the brewery implied that it had a direct tap or pipe from the brewery, well no longer as the brewery is now hundreds of miles away. The pub is still very popular however and very busy at weekends

Morris Men and the Ock St Horns at Morland's Pub the Punchbowl Abingdon

Abingdon Heritage Day 2009, what could be more representative of Abingdon that the Abingdon Morris Dancers drinking beer at the Punchbowl Public House with the Ock Street Horns leaning up against the wall. What's more MG Cars were lined up in the Market Place just opposite (not in photo)

Anchor Inn, Thames Side, St Helens Wharf, Abingdon

 

Abingdon on Thames Former Home of Morlands and MG

Abingdon claims to be the oldest continuously populated town in England

The Grapes Abingdon, back as a pub again

Former Bee Hive Pub Stert Street

This is now an Indian Restaurant. The Pub's Famous Pub Sign disappeared shortly after the pub was closed

Former Crown Inn Ock Street Abingdon

The Boundary House Pub Abingdon, Former Home of Cecil Kimber of MG Cars

"The Boundary House" is located in Cecil Kimber's house where the founder of MG lived from 1935-39.

Former Horse and Jockey Pub, Bath Street

This was only recently converted to housing

The Fox at Steventon

The Load of Mischief Pub at Blewbury - (Now converted to a private house)

Abingdon Arms Wantage Morlands Pub

The Maybush Pub at Newbridge - Pub Board stating "Not Flooded"

Newbridge is a thirteenth-century bridge carrying the A415 road over the River Thames in Oxfordshire, between Abingdon and Witney, close to the Thames' confluence with the River Windrush. It is one of the two oldest surviving bridges across the Thames.

There is a pub at either end of the bridge: "The Rose Revived" on the north bank, and "The Maybush" on the south bank.

The bridge consists two spans, where the northern span crosses the river and the southern span, south of the Maybush, is dry underneath except when the river flood (Wikipedia)

The Rose Revived at New Bridge - There was a Civil War Skirmish at Newbridge

The Rose Revived at Newbridge on the Thames
The Rose Revived at Newbridge on the Thames

The River Windrush joins the Thames here, great starting point for walks. The Rose Revived is also a guesthouse

Morland Brewery Beer Mats and Labels

The Horse Shoe Pub at Bampton Oxfordshire

I've been struggling to find former Morland Pubs north of the Thames beyond Oxford, but here's one at Bampton. Bampton is well worth a visit

The Chequers at Charney Basset Now a Brakspear Pub

The Chequers Inn, a charming and peaceful characteristic countryside inn, with recently refurbished and decorated 3-en suite letting rooms and pleasant dining areas, overlooking the village green in a delightful Oxfordshire village of Charney Bassett. The Chequers has been licensed to serve fine ales, stout, wines and spirits since early 1800s

North Star Railway Pub at Steventon

This was the pub damaged by a JCB driven by the owner who was refused a drink by his staff! The Pub has now been restored

The Old Crown at Easy Hanney - Former Morlands Pub now a private dwelling

The Fox Inn Steventon former Morlands Pub

Still a big pub, with an Aunt Sally Pitch

What Happened to Morlands?

Morlands started out as a small brewery in the tiny village of West Ilsley in Berkshire and embarked on a program of buying up other local breweries to become a dominant force in Old Berkshire. However in recent times even being a national brewery wasn't big enough, so although they tried to expand by buying up 101 former Courages pubs and tried to diversify with a restaurant chain "The Artist Fayer" they were eventually bought out by Greene King. All Abingdon activities were shut down and sold off. Morlands Original, Old Speckled Hen, Hens-Tooth and Tanners-Jack are all still brewed by Greene King of Bury St Edmunds under Morland's Brewing.

The White Horse Ock Street, Abingdon, Morlands Pub

A former landlord George Moran claimed to have been a steward on the Titanic, however, his name does not appear in the lists of passengers published by various newspapers following the disaster.

Prince of Wales Pub at Shippon near Abingdon

Morlands Pub the Greyhound Letcombe Basset

Just closed down. Hopefully temporarily

Rare Morlands Beer Pub Sign - Didcot Labour Club

Rare Morlands Beer Pub Sign - Didcot Labour Club
Rare Morlands Beer Pub Sign - Didcot Labour Club

Morlands Pub the Queens Arms Didcot Old Village

Morlands Pub the Queens Arms Didcot Old Village
Morlands Pub the Queens Arms Didcot Old Village

Lord Nelson Pub at Wantage (popular with Ridgeway walkers)

Lord Nelson Pub at Wantage (popular with Ridgeway walkers)
Lord Nelson Pub at Wantage (popular with Ridgeway walkers)

The Lamb Wantage, near the former Canal Wharf & Mill

The Lamb Wantage, near the former Canal Wharf & Mill
The Lamb Wantage, near the former Canal Wharf & Mill

The Punter Canal-side Morlands Pub, Osney, Oxford (formerly the Watermans Arms)

The Punter Canal-side Morlands Pub, Osney, Oxford (formerly the Watermans Arms)
The Punter Canal-side Morlands Pub, Osney, Oxford (formerly the Watermans Arms)

Former Morlands Pub Crowmarsh Gifford

Former Morlands Pub Crowmarsh Gifford
Former Morlands Pub Crowmarsh Gifford

Don't know the name of this pub.

Duke of Wellingto Pub, Faringdon, former Morlands Pub

Duke of Wellingto Pub, Faringdon, former Morlands Pub
Duke of Wellingto Pub, Faringdon, former Morlands Pub

The Plough Pub at Kelmscott former Morland's Pub

The Plough Pub at Kelmscott former Morland's Pub
The Plough Pub at Kelmscott former Morland's Pub

Did William Morris ever drink here? William Morris 1834 – 189) was an English textile designer, artist, writer, socialist and Pre-Raphaelite he lived in the nearby Kelmscott Manor.

Waggon & Horses Pub, Pinkneys Green, Maidenhead

Waggon & Horses Pub, Pinkneys Green, Maidenhead
Waggon & Horses Pub, Pinkneys Green, Maidenhead

A real local pub

Former Apollo Pub, St Aldates, Oxford

Former Apollo Pub, St Aldates, Oxford
Former Apollo Pub, St Aldates, Oxford

Has been a Mexican Restaurant now an office or empty

Former Pubs Websites

The sad story of Britain's disappearing pubs.

Former Black Horse Pub in Charming Watlington

Former Black Horse Pub in Charming Watlington
Former Black Horse Pub in Charming Watlington

Coach & Horses Pub Gozzards Ford, Abingdon

Coach & Horses Pub Gozzards Ford, Abingdon
Coach & Horses Pub Gozzards Ford, Abingdon

Shepherds Hut at Delightful Ewelme

Shepherds Hut at Delightful Ewelme
Shepherds Hut at Delightful Ewelme

Ewelme is a delightful village with historic cress beds and connections to Geoffrey Chaucer, we also love the Shepherds Hut Pub.

Former Old George Pub at Bampton

Shepherds Hut at Delightful Ewelme
Shepherds Hut at Delightful Ewelme

Bampton has become famous as it is used as the Fictional Downton Abbey village

White Hart at Hampstead Norreys - tel 01635 202248 RG18 0TB

White Hart at Hampstead Norreys
White Hart at Hampstead Norreys

Great pub with lots of interior space so you can find your own corner plus a huge open fireplace.

Great starting or finishing point for multiple walks across the downs. Hampstead Norreys is also the home for Living Rain Forest.

George and Dragon Upton

George and Dragon Upton
George and Dragon Upton

01235-850723 OX11 9JJ

Former Cricketer's Arms Maidenhead

Former Cricketer's Arms Maidenhead
Former Cricketer's Arms Maidenhead

This pub is now used as offices of the Maidenhead Heritage Centre in Park Street. There is also a Nicholson's Brewery sign in the window. The former pub is behind Maidenhead Town Hall. I was delighted to find this sign!

Eyston Arms East Hendred

Eyston Arms East Hendred
Eyston Arms East Hendred

The Eyston Arms, High Street, East Hendred, Wantage OX12 8JY-Telephone 01235 833320 - Email info@eystonarms.co.uk

Fleur de Lys East Hagbourne - tel 01235 813247

Fleur de Lys East Hagbourne
Fleur de Lys East Hagbourne

The pub originates from the 17th century when it was rebuilt following the great fire of Hagbourne.

East Hagbourne featured in one of the Dr Who episodes.

The pub is still styled as a Morlands pub with Morlands livery.

The Royal Oak Didcot - tel 01235 815992

The Royal Oak Didcot
The Royal Oak Didcot

The Morlands Plaque is sadly obscured by the post of the Smokers Shelter

The Castle Inn Benson Morlands Pub

The Castle Inn Benson
The Castle Inn Benson

I can little about this glorious looking building except that the Pub Sign was still extant in 2006

Rose & Crown at Chilton
Rose & Crown at Chilton

The Rose & Crown at Chilton 01235 862992

Chilton the Cut-Off Village

Chilton is nestled between the A34 , Harwell Research Centre and the Downs this means they don't have the problem of through traffic. The Rose & Crown is at heart of this rather snug village.

Main Street,Chilton, OX11 ORZ Didcot, Oxfordshire.

You can only leave and join the A34 at Chilton from the southern direction!

The Ridgeway is close by and also Grimms Ditch

The Hatchett, People's Republic of Childrey (West of Wantage) - Authentic friendly local pub

The Hatchett, Childrey, Oxfordshire
The Hatchett, Childrey, Oxfordshire

High St, Childrey, Oxfordshire OX12 9UF, United Kingdom

Phone:+44 1235 751213

The Former Crown Pub, Childrey, Oxfordshire

The Crown, Childrey
The Crown, Childrey
The Tandem Pub
The Tandem Pub

The Tandem Pub, Kennington

Phone 01865 735386

Handy for walkers, cyclists, just off the Thames Path

The Crown, Chalgrove

The Cricketers Arms, Iffley Road

Just opposite the Iffley Rd Athletics Track were Roger Bannister ran the first sub 4 minute mile.
Just opposite the Iffley Rd Athletics Track were Roger Bannister ran the first sub 4 minute mile.

Pour a Pint at the Brewery Tap - Got any memories of Morlands or Abingdon?

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I remember a few of these pubs, we used to drive through Steventon on the way from Bournemouth to Rugby when I was growing up, before the bypasses were built. Good memories and great photos, blessed.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I would love to create some memories and visit one day but settled for gazing at the signs and was struck by what good repair all the buildings are in and so neat and tidy. Very nicely done!

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hope it was well poured!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for the pint. great lens.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      OMG, no memories but just found another lens today about Pub Signs -- and how artistic they can be. Love 'em! How about a pint?