Free to Explore- Child Friendly- Heritage Open Month
Every city, town and village has its own story to tell and Heritage Open Days are a superb opportunity to have free access to interesting properties as well as free tours, events and other activities.
I just love these weeks and quickly pick up a free heritage manual from the Albert Dock Tourist Information shop before the event so I can plan my weekend visits.
But Hey! What’s this?, Welcome to Liverpool Heritage Open Month! I read.
Liverpool is extending its cultural heritage programme throughout the month of September in a joint initiative between Liverpool City Council and VisitLiverpool.
Outside of London, Liverpool already has the largest Heritage Open Days programme in the country.
Armed with my heritage manual, I nipped across to the Atlantic Tower vu Bar and terrace, with superb views of the waterfront and sat with a delicious coffee and planned the weekend visits, taking into account buildings I had already experienced but with thoughts of a revisit.
So the plan is, ……..St Brides Church Percy Street Liverpool 8, for some contemplation, St Frances Xavier’s off Shaw Street, for some enlightenment, the Greek Orthodox Church of St Nicholas Toxteth for some atmosphere, All Saints Edge Hill for treasure, Dovedale Baptist for aesthetics, then the Childe of Hale Cottage, Church End, Hale Village for history….in all, taking a tour from the inner city to the suburbs meeting fantastic people, incredible architecture and to be sure, an unforgettable and enjoyable day with each one holding something unique in its heart.
The Childe of Hale cottage is one building in particular this year, not to be missed, as this beautiful 15th Century, grade two listed historical thatched cottage will soon become a self catering /B/B accomodation.
Speaking to Hale Heritage Champion Heather Charles from Halton Borough Council the other day, found me engrossed and absorbed by her vast knowledge and passion for the village.
I found her stories interesting and historical accuracy about the village first rate. She will be available on the day to answer all your questions about the building and more.
The legend of the Childe of Hale, born in the cottage in 1578 to his death in 1623, has it that he traced his shadow in the sand at Hale shore, fell asleep within it, dreamt of greatness and on awakening had grown to an enormous size.
Believe it or not, however, his story is a true rags to riches one where he is invited to meet King James 1, wins the kings favour, is handsomely rewarded but is robbed of his money and returns home to follow the plough for the rest of his days.
Hale village is well worth a visit this weekend for the sights, sounds and stories of a true Merseyside Heritage Day.
Sunday’s plans are to visit All Saints’ Church Daresbury and the Lewis Carroll Visitor Centre, Daresbury Lane, Daresbury.
Hope you all have an enjoyable Heritage Open Day!