Literally ten minutes from where I live, in the North of Liverpool (Inner city Kidder!) Is the beautiful and FREE TO ENTER Croxteth Country park. There is a farm, a Victorian walled garden and the Hall. They all charge a fee to get into and it’s well worth it, but the actual park surrounding these is free, I will repeat it ,”FREE!”
I visited on Sunday morning, as I do most weeks, bought my hot chocolate from the cafe (was the old stables) and plonked myself on a bench to drink it, when it hit me, no not the hot chocolate, it was just how lucky was I to have this on my doorstep? Granted, a lot of the surrounding land has had to be sold off for housing, but the heart of it is still there. I am old enough to remember when the security guards rode on horses! When the ‘Hay Day’ was the highlight of my Summer holidays and when the lakes used to actually freeze over in Winter! This was only the 1970’s not the 1870’s, honestly.
The front of the house is different, lots of white and Queen Anne,
All very lovely, but this house has two faces, I much prefer what is around the corner,
The older side of Croxteth Hall is much more atmospheric and interesting to me. I gorged on ghost stories as a child and carried on into adulthood. I take my time when I walk past here and always think of the Shirley Jackson novel ‘The Haunting of Hill House’,
a favourite novel of mine.
If you are ever in the area and have some spare time, please visit Croxteth Park in Liverpool. It has not got the backing of the National Trust, and is run by the Liverpool City Council who are stretched enough as it is. Visit the house, the Walled Gardens and if you have little’uns or just like piglets visit the working farm on the site,you will not be disappointed. And if you just want to wallow in the mystery of the place then please have a walk around, don’t get lost in the woods and remember to buy a little something from the gift shop.