The Moretonhampstead memorial is in the form of a column of granite blocks with plaques to the front. The memorial was unveiled by Lord Hambleden in 1921.
The upper inscription reads: “To the memory of the men of this parish who fell in the Great war 1914-1919 as a tribute of our honour and affection this stone is set up”.
The lower inscription reads: “Remember also the men who gave their lives for their country in the war 1939-1945”.
The building was built and then donated to Moretonhampstead by Thomas Benjamin Bowring in 1901 and constructed in a terracotta material combined with granite. It was designed in the Tudor Renaissance style by Sylvanus Trevail, a Cornishman, who was the architect for several other Libraries. The library was taken over by Devon County Council Authority in 1962. The building is Grade II listed (July 1992).
Tuesday and Saturday: 10:00 am to 12:00 am
Wednesday: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The Visitor Information Centre sells a wide range of maps and guidebooks, and has information on accommodation and public transport in the area. It is also a great source of information for walks, tourist attractions and events.
June to September
Sunday to Saturday: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
The Parish Church of St Andrew's built in Granite dates back to the 15th century and stands on ground that has been used for religious purposes since Saxon times. The first stone church was built during the 12th Century with this church completed in 1418. The church has been restored many times since.
I gave this one a miss this time round as it seems to evolved from a friendly spit-and-sawdust pub into a Mediterranean-style restaurant which didn't seem to be open on the afternoon I was there.
I do hear good things about it as a restaurant though and maybe next time I'm passing through Moreton I'll give it a whirl (if it's open).
The White Hart is the town's most upscale hotel but does have a little public bar and a pleasant shaded courtyard for those who just want to pop-in for a beer. These seem a bit more geared up for diners and hotel residents rather than locals or us transients and personally I found the bar service a bit offish - AND I was intending to eat!
Beer was good though, as was the food, although I did find it somewhat bizarre that I had to pay as I went despite despite having a two-course meal and a couple of beers. The manageress was friendly enough and explained it as company policy ("I'm only doing what I've been told." She said, as she herded the next truckload of Grockles aboard their waiting cattlecar.). More on my restaurant tips!
With its central location on the crossroads, this is Moreton's most prominent pub. Inside the attractive black and white Tudor-style facade the pub is quite cavernous but always has a friendly bar trade.
At the time of writing (July 2010) the pub is on the market and so I can't really comment about service, beers, food etc as that is all due to change sometime soon but suffice to say that this used to serve a decent drop of beer and good quality simple pub food.
Of the four pubs in Moreton the Union is my favourite and not just because its beer's the cheapest! This is a classic small town pub, reputedly the oldest still trading, with a cosy front bar opening onto wood-panelled side rooms. There was originally a separate bar and lounge but the dividing wall was removed sometime after the Second World War (the supporting beam is still there) and the pub has remained substantially unchanged since then.
Although in the town centre, and not exactly hidden, the Union manages to keep very much a local's feel to it but is perfectly hospitable and with friendly and swift service. The pub dog, a six year old Border Collie, officially called "Janey" but bettter known by her pub name "Marge" (no idea why ;(), is another local character who in the abscence of sheep to round up does her job on the customers.
They seem to have done a deal with a local brewery which allows them to sell their three "house beers" - a best bitter, a pale ale and the slightly stronger Dobs (??) - for a mere £2 per pint and for the less adventurous they also stock London Pride as a regular guest ale.
I haven't eaten here but the food menu looks good, is very reasonably priced, and everything is homemade.
There's also a pleasant, well-tended, beer garden out the back for those of us who enjoy our victuals alfresco (ie us smokers).
All-in-all definitely worth searching out!