Hoylake THEN…

Hoylake then …

What do you know about Hoylake’s story?

To find out more, drop in on our special  Hoylake then day!

Sunday 18th November between 2:00 and 5:00 pm

Melrose Hall, 6 Melrose Avenue, Hoylake, CH47 3BU

Full details on the attached invitation!


Jackie Hall MBE



Birkenhead Festival of Transport… images

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:-



Trinity and Palm Grove Church …Oxton

We made the most of the Heritage open days this weekend and it was more than just doors open to the public, each venue we visited had a team on hand to greet you and help you delve into the history of the buildings. It was a great experience finding people so dedicated to sharing their passion for their organisation’s and telling it’s story and encouraging us to share to help bring more people to these fantastic venues. Trinity and Palm Grove celebrates 150 years soon and the building is packed with history and stories that have to be told. Many thanks to the team for sharing and making us so welcome. Heritage open days

Hoylake,West Kirby & District Civic Society

Hoylake, West Kirby & District, Civic Society

Serving West Kirby, Hoylake, Meols, Caldy, Grange, Newton, Frankby and Greasby

Affiliated to Civic Voice,the national charity for the civic movement in England.

The theme of our autumn programme of lectures has been chosen to link with this year’s Celebration of Wirral’s Coast and Countryside.


  • Past Pleasure of the Peninsula : Heather Chapman, Tuesday, 11/09/2012


  • History of the Royal Mersey Yacht Club : Philip Bastow, Tuesday, 09/10/2012
  • Custodians of the Wirral Coast – Four Lighthouses and a Fort : Diane Robinson, Tuesday 13/11/2012.


All meetings take place at 7.30 pm in the URC Hall, Meols Drive,West Kirby.

There is a charge of £1.50 for members or £2.00 for visitors, which includes tea or coffee.

New Members and Guests are always welcome. For further details contact:

Mrs E. Davey, 47 Ashford Rd, Meols, CH47 5AN, e-mail : daveye1@yahoo.co.uk



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