At Croxteth Hall: Free to enter

dsc06116Early afternoon of a sunny September Saturday Sarah and I decide to go somewhere interesting for the afternoon. Obviously the Food and Drink Debacle in Sefton Park is out of the question, so we opt for somewhere nearby, free to enter and thereby non-exclusive.

dsc06108 dsc06110 dsc06111 dsc06112 dsc06113 dsc06115 dsc06116The Artisans Network, last seen at Calderstones Park last Sunday are here and I’m glad to see them. Principally though we’re here to enjoy the place on a peaceful afternoon.

With donkeys.

With donkeys.

dsc06119 dsc06121 dsc06122Inside the house for a nose round.dsc06125 dsc06126 dsc06127 dsc06128 dsc06129 dsc06130 dsc06131 dsc06132I love the quality of light through these Georgian windows.

And remember a room like this one, here in this house, was where I ran the first event ever called ‘a sense of place.’ That was back in late 1994. I was still working then for Liverpool Housing Trust and me and Leonie Lupton ran it for a group of tenants from nearby Croxteth and Norris Green. The beginning of me leaving my job and changing my life.

Back out into the sunshine.

Back out into the sunshine.

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Then we both go into the walled garden.

Then we both go into the walled garden.

And I walk around taking photographs as the beautiful garden turns to autumn.dsc06142 dsc06143 dsc06147 dsc06148 dsc06149 dsc06153 dsc06155 dsc06156 dsc06159 dsc06160 dsc06163 dsc06164 dsc06165

While Sarah sits in peace.

While Sarah sits in peace.

Under a deeply blue sky.

Under a deeply blue sky.

dsc06171Then we both walk around.

This garden of pears.

This garden of pears.

Anciently espaliered.

Anciently espaliered.

dsc06174We know that in here is Liverpool’s precious Botanical Collection. What remains of Mr Roscoe’s Garden, Liverpool’s first botanical garden.

It's over here.

It’s over here.

And is shut.

And is shut.

A real missed opportunity on a day when the park has so many visitors.

We walk on. Sarah thinks these might be large quince.

We walk on. Sarah thinks these might be large quince.

But tasting one that's dropped to the ground she finds it's a sweet apple.

But tasting one that’s dropped to the ground she finds it’s a sweet apple.

Maybe I'm a maze?

Maybe I’m a maze?

No actually a labyrinth.

No actually a labyrinth.

Another magnificent but closed greenhouse. The effects of austerity?

Another magnificent but closed greenhouse. The effects of austerity?

Back in the garden, this singer is at all the Artisans Network events. Sorry, don't know her name. Good though.

Back in the garden, this singer is at all the Artisans Network events. Sorry, don’t know her name. Good though.

Now it’s time for a late lunch.dsc06188 dsc06189

And then we go home after a peaceful afternoon at Croxteth Hall.

And then we go home after a peaceful afternoon at Croxteth Hall.

More on the history of Croxteth Hall here.

2 thoughts on “At Croxteth Hall: Free to enter

  1. Paul Cook

    Thanks Ronnie! Some lovely pictures from what looked like a beautiful day. I think Croxteth Hall is still owned by the people of Liverpool. I wonder how long before some greedy developer tries to get hold of it and turn it into some “luxury apartments”.

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  2. Martin Greaney (@histliverpool)

    Great post, bringing back memories of my West Derby childhood. Have only been in the house once or twice, during their Christmas Fairs and on a school trip. Seems to be so much more going on there than when I was living in the area, though I visited often just to play footy. I believe they’re considering turning part of the Hall into a conference venue and/or hotel, just to make ends meet. This austerity will be the undoing of too much!

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