Huyton Towntrail

We begin at the focal point of old Huyton Village, St. Michael's Church (HU174) at the junction of Blue Bell Lane, Archway Road and Huyton Lane; a church having stood on this site from at least the 12th Century. Inside the church, are two fonts: the first, dating from the 12th Century; the second from the late 15th Century and an effigy of John de Winwick who died in 1349. To the left of the church in Blue Bell Lane, stand a row of mock-tudor cottages (HU92/11) built in the mid-19th Century and adjacent to them, stands the village cross (HU93/238). The cross was originally erected in front of the church, but was moved to its present location alongside the 19th Century Derby Terrace.

Returning to the Church, turn left into Huyton Lane past the vicarage where we find on our left, Huyton Cricket and Bowling Club (WFN109) which was founded in 1860. On the opposite side of Huyton Lane, facing the cricket field stands Thornton Leigh (WFN74) formerly Thornton Cottage. Alongside this is an ancient pathway known centuries ago as the Corpse Way (WFN97) or more recently as the 'cinder path', along which inhabitants of Tarbock in past times, brought their dead to Huyton Parish Church for burial. Follow this footpath to the end and turn right into Victoria Road. Near the end of this road at its junction with Seel Road, stands the United Reformed Church, formerly the Congregational Church (WFN79) built in 1890.

Turning left into Seel Road, continuing along about 100 yards after passing under the railway bridge, is a piece of open ground on your left, formerly the location of Huyton Methodist Church (known as the tin church), which was demolished a few years ago. At the end of Seel Road, turn right into Hall Lane which leads towards Huyton Quarry. It was here that Huyton Quarry Station stood until 1960's, serving the nearby collieries by a series of branch lines. A short distance along Hall Lane on the left, is the Church of St. Gabriel (WFN108) consecrated in 1894 adjacent to which, are the earlier Parish Rooms (HU195). The road on the left here leading to Huyton Industrial Estate, is Ellis Ashton Street, named after a former Vicar of Huyton, who was a benefactor of many townships within Knowsley Borough.

Further along Hall Lane on the right side is School Lane (WFN22), which represents the last terraced housing typical of the Huyton Quarry area of the 1800's. Continue along Hall Lane to approach the traffic lights where on your left used to be the site of an ancient 'Moated Hall' formerly a residence of the Harrington family up to c1700. Little is known about the Hall only that it was stated to be in a poor condition in 1825, and by 1850, the site had been cleared.

The road to the left of the traffic lights is Wilson Road, the main route through Huyton Industrial Estate, and is named after Harold Wilson (HU241), former Prime Minister and Labour M.P. for Huyton. This road once featured large factory sites such as Huntley & Palmers biscuits and Princess Foods, employing a large workforce. Today, the factory units in the industrial sector are numerous but generally of a more modest size.

On the right at the same traffic lights is the junction with Huyton Hey Road, here you will find Huyton Hey Manor (HU26), a former possession of the Molyneux-Seel family which is now a residential home. Walking straight on through the traffic lights, onto St. John's Road, the next road on the right side is St. Mary's Road, turning here, you immediately see the modern Roman Catholic St. Agnes Church. This was built in 1965 to replace the smaller St. Agnes Chapel (LS/X/135) building of the previous century. Along St. Mary's Road, are many fine 19th Century villas of varying styles. The continuation of this road leads into 'The Orchard', where some large detached properties set in their own grounds survive. Many of these properties which date from the mid-19th Century, were originally occupied by wealthy merchants but some later became part of Liverpool College for Girls, later known simply as Huyton College (WFN3). The College which opened in 1894, closed almost one hundred years later. The main college building which is adjacent to Huyton Station, is now in use as a residential home.

At the junction with Blacklow Brow, turn left and follow 'The Rooley' until its junction with Tarbock Road. The Rooley (first recorded in 1343 as Roolowe), was a pathway until the 19th Century, when in 1878, it was adopted as a public road. Between the Rooley and Blacklow Brow stood Ewanville (HU273) estate, the home of the Beecham family between 1885-1928. Thomas Beecham established a pill manufacturing business, which was continued by his son Joseph. His son Thomas becoming more renowned as a conductor.

Turn right along Tarbock Road towards the roundabout and just past the car showroom on the left is the old smithy (HU209) building. Continue along Tarbock Road and walk past the shops on your right, turning right into Blacklow Brow and by walking up the hill you reach Huyton Station (HU41) (formerly Huyton Gate Station) which dates from 1830. This station was part of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway; the first passenger railway line in the world. Walking under the subway, constructed in 1870's, you emerge facing where Nutgrove Villa (WFN4) stood on Derby Road, a type of building once common to the central Huyton Village area. The site is now occupied by the Knowsley NHS Walk-In-Centre of the same name.

Bear to the left down Poplar Bank and turn second right into Civic Way where you will see Huyton Library (WFN105) which opened in August 1997; the Huyton Suite; and facing this, the Huyton-with-Roby War Memorial (HU92/140). Follow Civic Way to the right and continue forward into Griffiths Road where on the corner to the right on Westmorland Road stood the old Huyton Library (HU232) building (the site now the entrance to the NHS Walk-In-Centre). At the end of Griffiths Road, turn left past the Post Office then cross the pedestrianised area over to your right into Huyton Hey Road. A short distance along Huyton Hey Road brings you to Park Hall (HU187), which comprised the original Congregational Chapel built in 1856, and adjoining school completed in 1861. Retrace your steps back along Huyton Hey Road until you return to the pedestrian zone; at this point, veer to the right into Derby Road which having been altered considerably from the 1960's onwards, now offers a modern block-paved shopping area. The view looking towards St. Michael's Parish Church, the starting point of the tour, having changed dramatically as a result.

(figures in brackets are reference numbers of photos in the main site)

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