“I wish we had a pub like this where we live”
We hear this comment a lot from people who come to visit us, we think it’s because we try very hard to keep the identity of “the shoe” as a pub with a friendly, happy place with a welcoming atmosphere.
You can drink, eat, play pool, listen to live music or take part in the many community and charity events that we organise. You will be made to feel welcome wether your wearing work clothes, have a muddy dog in tow or are “dressed up to the nines” for a night out. Here at the Horseshoe Inn we welcome families, large groups and parties.
Our village is situated approximately 3 miles south of Frodsham. Originally a township of Frodsham the village separated and became a civil parish in 1866. The name Kingsley comes from its old description of “Kings Lea” which means “Meadow of the King” and was first listed as Kingisleg back in 1260!
Pictured below – Peter Snelson in 1921 with his horse-drawn landau outside the Horseshoe Hotel, as it was formerly known and when Mary Oultram was landlady.
Kingsley is an medium size village of just over 2,000 people, most of whom are very friendly, especially after they’ve had a visit to the “shoe”!
We have 2 pubs, a Cooperative shop with a Post Office, hair salon and garage for car and van repairs if required.
The “inn” was known in the earlier 1900’s as the Horseshoes. A Greenalls house since at least 1872, it was formerly the property of the Smith-Barrys.
The Licensees of the Horseshoe Inn since 1797
- Samuel Hatton – 1797-1822
- James Spruce – 1822-1827
- John Spruce – 1827-1841
- William Owen* – 1841-1844
- William Gibson – 1844-1853
- William Spruce – 1857-1869
- Thomas Barnes – 1869-1871
- Emma Barnes – 1871-1872
- George Billington – 1872-1895
- Thomas Fryer – 1895-1899
- Arthur Starkey – 1899-1915
- John Clark – 1915-1915
- William Price – 1915-1921
- James Oultram – 1921-1929
- Mary Oultram – 1929-1933
- Harry Howlett – 1933-1940
- John Hill – 1940-1949
- Ada Inglesfield – 1949-1959
- Florence Pemberton – 1959-1964
- Robert Taylor – 1964-1978
- Ethel Taylor – 1978-1978
- George Harrison – 1978+