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Have you heard the Local Legends of Wallasey Village? Let us take you on a mystical journey...
Hidden Wirral presents - Wallasey Days Gone By - Wallasey Village Historic Myths & Folklore Tours - Bookings Now being Taken for July 2020. Book now Limited Tickets on Sale Per Tour.
Tickets cost £7 per person and U11s are FREE - limited to 15 Tickets per Tour
Have you heard the Myths & Legends of Wallasey Village? Do something Different with your Thursday Morning/Afternoon and Visit the old historic village that is connected with Smugglers, Hidden Tunnels, Pirate Graves, Shipwrecks, Ghost Legends and Old Victorian Tales where centuries of Stories are waiting to be told. We offer a morning of History and Mystery to capture the imagination and inspire the mind. You will be venturing into the old village, an old Graveyard, The Breck and More. Discover authentic truths about the old Village's varied past and those that Lived and Died in Unusual Circumstances as we wander the area of Wallasey Village. This Enlightening Tour will take you on a journey through time. Join our Historian & Author for a morning of Historical Facts, Light Comedy and many Dark Tales. This is a Historic Tour like no other. Tours are available on Thursdays at 11am with Fresh Dinners and drinks available to purchase from The old Black Horse (Sheridans) following the Tour Limited Tickets available
On This Tour you will hear of:
The Pubs, Inns and Hotels of Wallasey Village
The Hidden Smugglers Tunnels of Swinton Old Hall
Local Legends & Myths
The Old Village
Darley Dene an amazing old mansion
St Hilary's Church
The Boode Memorial
The Cheshire Cheese
Old Pubs Long Gone
The Cottage Hospital
And So Much More
Tour Capacity: 15 People
Tour Duration: Approx 90 mins
Suitable for Children: Yes U11s FREE
Wheelchair Friendly: No
Price: £7 per person
FREE Parking Available or you can reach the meeting point Via Railway or Bus
Please Arrive at least 15 minutes before the stated time
Sheridans Pub Car Park
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What To expect on the Walk
WALLASEY'S UNDERWORLD If half the legends of smugglers' tunnels under Wallasey are true. then parts of the borough must be riddled with them. Bulldozers and builders have lost to us forever the chance of finding out the truth about some of them In 1932, workmen demolishing houses in Mersey Street area, found a subterranean passage leading from the river. Adjoining it was a four feet wide shaft 130 feet deep The light of a torch shooed the existence of a passage at the end. Before Corporation officials could be told, workmen filled in the shafts. ' A similar thing happened at Wallasey's old rectory of St. Hilary. In 1938, the then rector found an irregularity in his cellar wall. Closer inspection revealed a doorway blocked with masonry. When this was partly cleared, it uncovered a steep stone stairway descending Into the earth. The outbreak of war prevented the tunnel ever being fully explored. It was bricked up in preparation for the building of a new rectory.
In 1898 the Village consisted of a long straggling main street with cottages and small farmsteads, stretching from the parish church to the corner of the present Grove Road, with small crofts and closes on either side of the street. Apart from various brick fields and quarries Wallasey Village was mainly agricultural. St Hilary's Church has many traditions myths and local legends. An area of the churchyard that contains no graves is said to be where the bodies of several notorious pirates were interred. Smugglers’ tunnels lead from beneath the old tower, from the old Rectory, and from a grave in the churchyard, in the direction of Liscard Castle, possibly as far as the Wormhole Complex of tunnels in New Brighton. According to a story told in 1866, by the coroner at the inquest into the wreck of the ship Elizabeth Buckham, one Sunday, when a wreck was reported off the shore, the rector of the church said: ‘Keep your seats till after the collection and then we can all start fair,’ and then led his entire flock to plunder the cargo of the wreck. ‘Wrecking’ was a way of life in Wallasey of yore, and the same coroner related a prayer taught to children in the old days:
God bless feyther and God bless mather,
And God send us a wreck afore morning.
About the Venue:
The old Black Horse is easily reachable via Train, Bus or via car with Free parking in the car park. It was one of the oldest hostelries in Wallasey, dating back to 1722 and is believed to have taken its name from a horse entered in a race at Leasowe by a Lord Molyneux in the 1700’s. The pub was probably named after 'Black Slave', a horse which won a 200 guineas bet in a race held on the sands between Harrison Drive and Leasowe shore in 1778. Black Slave was one of the most famous horses of the day. The Black Horse Pub (Sheridans) in Wallasey Village is again haunted by a little girl who perished in a fire nearby. She has been known to play games with punters in the side bar. The Celler also houses several spirits, whom are not as friendly. By August 1931 the new Black Horse had been built. The pub was designed by T. Taliesin Rees and Richard Holt, F.F.R.I.B.A., of Rodney Street, Liverpool.
Wallasey Mill. Big and proud and high on a hill. Pasture land and country lanes stretched below it. It stood for just over one hundred years. It ground a flour that was described as “white as the first snow”. Flour from a local mill from corn and wheat from local fields. The mill was a landmark. Then it capitulated to grass and moss and overgrowth. It tumbled. All so long ago. The village has changed dramatically in the last hundred or so years and we will be speaking of the myths & legends, housing, shops, public houses and entertainment venues that were once situated in the area. Starting at the Sheridans, we begin our Journey into the Old Village.
We shall then head to School Lane which was previously known as Nelson’s Gutter. Here was situated The Ring O’Bells pub, The Cheshire Cheese and various old cottages including a school. Using old photographs we will compare to how it looked then to present day and the dramatic changes that have been made. Walking in the direction of Poulton, we will be heading across St Hilary’s Brow and Breck Road junction to the former site of the Sebastapol Inn.
Moving on we shall then head to the fascinating area of the old Wallasey Mill, The old School House and The Breck which was formerly a Quarry. Heading back to The Brow, we will then travel to St Hilary’s Church and the Tudor Tower, which is one of the oldest remaining landmarks in Wallasey. We will then be talking about the Hidden Tunnel situated beneath the Tudor Tower and its connections to the Pirates & Smugglers of Wallasey. Walking down Claremont road we will talk about the old Cottage Hospital that was situated nearby. Descending Sandy Lane we will then reach the Lighthouse Inn and the Farmers Arms which are both steeped in their own history. Moving past St Mary’s School we will then head to the Roundabout and Leasowe Road, speaking of more history as we pass by the old shops and cinema that were once situated along the row. Finishing back at Sheridans. Book now and don't miss out.
No tunnels are currently accessible from St Hilary’s at the present date, and the vault beneath the old tower was covered by a tiled floor in the late nineteenth century. But according to the rector, Canon Paul Robinson, one of the parishioners remembers going down a tunnel in the thirties, below Swinton Old Hall, the site of the modern rectory, a few hundred yards away from the old tower. According to Joseph Ruiz, a well exists beneath the front sitting room of the old rectory, fifteen feet wide and 35 feet deep, and it is believed to lead to a tunnel; this is also mentioned in an article in the Wirral News . The article refers to a legend that says an underground passage leads from the rectory to the church (presumably the old tower) and then on to Mother Redcap’s. It goes on to maintain that the Old Rectory was a cache for gun-runners during the reign of Charles II. Oral tradition mentions a smugglers’ tunnel leading from one of the graves in the churchyard.