Birkenhead Priory and St Mary’s

Birkenhead Priory and St Mary’s

We were so glad to have included a visit to the Priory as part of The Wirral Heritage Open Days 2012.   The site is the oldest building in Merseyside and dates back to 1150.  The Site is magnificent in itself, but is made even more fascinating by being able to visit 2 wonderful museums as well as the beautiful St Mary’s Church.   This had been an unexpected treat as we were unaware that the Museums existed.

We were shown round the scriptorium which has been remarkably converted into a working chapel and museum by the Charity The Friends of HMS Conway.  The tour guide enthusiastically retold the history of the chapel and pointed out the outstanding stained glass windows one of which  Has an extract from a Poem “Conway Gulls” by John Masefield inscribed in it.

We then had the privilege of learning of the life and brave acts of the Late Lt Cdr. Ian Fraser VC DSC RD.  The retelling of such a remarkable story was made all the more poignant as the guide relating the facts had known him personally.

We were then shown around the beautiful St Mary’s Church and again learnt of the fascinating history of the building and its windows and architecture from another dedicated and knowledgeable guide.

We hope you enjoy the photos and would strongly recommend a visit.  To quote one of the wonderful guides “You probably will plan to visit for 10 minutes or so but will end up staying for hours”

How right he was!

Details about visiting The Priory can be found at:-

Further details about the friends of HMS Conway can be found at:-


2 responses

  1. Looks fascinating! Will take a trip sometime in the near future.

    September 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    • Hiya Dave check the opening times and well worth the visit

      September 6, 2012 at 9:31 am

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