History

The Raven Inn is said to date from 1562. It is certainly one of Glazebury’s oldest surviving buildings. Pevsner, in his ‘Buildings of England’ states that beneath the mock timbers of the pub are the double pile brick walls dating from the early 1700s. The Inn is steeped in history. It is said to have been built as part of the Holcroft family’s estate in the area.The raven after which the pub is named is taken from the coat of arms of the Holcroft family.

Generations of locals have passed on the story of Scottish soldiers fleeing the Battle of Worcester and finding Warrington bridge held by their opponents.The Scots were then forced to cross the River Mersey by the ferry at Hollins Green, skirting around the unpassable Chat Moss via Glazebrook and Glazebury. A skirmish reputedly broke out as they passed the Raven Inn. The Reverend Kaye, in his book on Colonel Blood, records that ‘As late as 1879 relics of the skirmish were found. On widening the road leading from Culcheth to Leigh near the Raven Inn, a mound in an adjoining field was removed, in which were found bones and rusting weapons’. The burying of troops where they fell was common practice during the Civil War.

In 1825 the Baines Directory and Gazeteer listed one Thomas Partington as the Raven Inn’s publican, and the 1841 census showed the same listing. It is true then to say that the Raven inn has been serving the local community for almost 200 years if not longer. The Inn’s history forms an important part of the community’s historic and cultural identity. According to page 77 of Warrington’s Local Plan of July 2014 , the Raven Inn is a locally listed building and is therefore classed as a historic asset.