Punch Bowl Pub Sefton Village – Once known as Harsnops?

The Punch Bowl Pub

Now this is an odd one I’ll admit but not so long ago whilst listening to a talk at Crosby Library about the Registers of Sefton Parish Church I recall the speaker referring to the Punch Bowl as being known as ‘Harsnops’ many years ago.

Punch Bowl Pub

It stuck in the back of my mind and then driving through Sefton Village the other day was brought back to the front. Some research was required.

Vintage Inns who presently run the Punch Bowl say this on their web site:-

Thought to be about 200 years old, earliest records show The Punch Bowl to be the only pub in the village in 1824. The grounds of the building stand on the original Grand National Steeplechase course and provided the meeting place for the 18th Century social club, ‘Mock Corporation of Sefton’ who claimed their charter was granted by William the Conqueror.

No mention of Harsnops there but then I came across this:-

Full text of “Crosby records. Blundell’s diary, comprising selections from the diary of Nicholas Blundell, esq., from 1702 to 1728”

archive.org/stream/cu31924028014581/cu31924028014581_djvu.txt

And buried in the text of the research linked above is this:-

There are two inscriptions to the Diarist in the Blundell Chapel, Sefton ….. A village tradition, given in the preface to Crosby Records {Chetham Society, No. …… I met Tho: Syer at Harsnops, ’tis the first time we met Apriuist.

So this is where the reference to ‘Harsnops’ comes from I guess although I’m also sure that historians of Sefton Village will be able to pin it down more precisely than I have been able to do with my Google searches.