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Bidston Village History Walk

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Hidden Wirral Presents....Bidston Old Village Historic Tour

Tickets Cost Just £5 Per Person and Limited to 15 People Per Tour, Book now to Guarantee your place

Join us and step back in time into Bidston's Hidden History on an Exclusive Historic Walk. Bidston Village has appeared in records since Doomsday, but evidence for occupation goes back to the Stone Age. The Village still maintains its medieval shape of church, farms, village green and manor house. Visit an area connected with Hidden Tunnels, Smugglers, Ancient Carvings, Norse Mythology,  Pagan Worshipping, Witches, Murders and Diseases where centuries of Stories are waiting to be told. Explore this historic village and 16th Century Church & Graveyard to learn about the legend of Simon Croft whom was the last pub landlord in Bidston and a friend of the smugglers. You will visit the historic Bidston Hall and hear of its history as we pass through the village to the former grounds of Bidston Court. Bidston has a deep connection with WW2 History that includes hidden air raid tunnels, bombed locations and AA gunsites. Join our Historian & Author for a morning of Historical Facts, Light Comedy and many Factual Tales. This is a Historic Tour like no other.

We will be starting and finishing at St Oswald's Church which was rebuilt in the 13th century on the site of an earlier church. Its tower was added in the early 16th century. This tower survives but the remainder of the present building dates mainly from the rebuilding of 1855-6. The stained glass include windows by Morris & Co.  It is said that smugglers used the church tower as a look out point where they would smuggle contraband to and from the village pub down along a path and down to the tunnels at Wallasey. Some of the old smugglers path still exits today although over grown and highly worn, it can be made out from a ramble around what's now B&Q Wallasey. The smugglers had several set routes for the contraband which also included an Mother Redcap's, St Hilary's Church, the old Saughall Windmill, the caves at Heswall and Bidston woods. This beautiful village and hill has many dark tales to tell as we journey through time on an historic adventure.  Join us for a morning of history & mystery to capture the imagination and inspire the mind. This Tour will take us on a walking tour around the old Village, Bidston Court Gardens and Thermopylae Pass. Tours available on Thursday Mornings at 10am Book now and Join us.

The Village has a rich heritage, and has been involved in several key points of British history. At one time, the village was owned by the Stanley family, who became Earls of Derby. The 6th Earl of Derby has been closely associated with William Shakespeare and is credited with bringing Shakespeare to Bidston as a member of a band of actors.

We shall be visiting the outer grounds of Bidston Hall which is an early seventeenth century house associated with William Stanley, sixth Earl of Derby, who died 1627. It was more recently occupied by Sir Robert Vyner who gave the land on Bidston Hill for the observatory. It is built of yellow sandstone, the front approach is through a square court, with a handsome gateway having a singular arch highly ornamented with the cognizances of the Derby family. In some intermediatory purchase it is said Bidston Hall was won and lost at cards, to commemorate which a summer-house was built in the form of a club, the foundations of which still remain in the picturesque grounds attached to the hall

On this Tour You will Hear of:

Bidston Myths & Legends
Thermopylae Pass
Bidston Court & Gardens
Rhododendron Gardens
The Witch of Bidston Village
The Bidston to Wallasey Footpath
The Stanley Family
The Shakespeare Connection
Simon Coft the Dodgy Landlord
Pirates & Smugglers
Hidden WW2 Tunnels
The Legends of Bidston Hall
St Oswalds Church
Bidston Railway Station
The Last Pub in Bidston
The Lost area of Ford
The Clover Family
And Much Much More

Capacity: 15 people per tour.
Tour Duration: approx 1 Hour
Suitable for Children? - Yes, all require a ticket
Unfortunately This Event is not Wheelchair or Pram Friendly
Guide Dogs only on this Tour
Security & Staff: Chris Slattery
FREE Car Parking Available

The meeting point is situated
Outside St Oswald's Church Gates
Bidston Village Rd, Bidston,
CH43 7QT
Please Make Sure you Arrive 15 Mins before the stated time

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