National Heritage Open Day

Following National Heritage Day Success, Croxteth Hall Unveils second Open Day on Sunday September 17th

On Wednesday 13th September, Croxteth Hall opened its doors for the first time in four years, as part of the National Heritage Open Days, England’s largest community led festival of history and culture. Entrance is free but tickets are limited and quickly ‘sold out’.

Due to the popularity of the event the team at Croxteth Hall pulled their resources together and announced a 2nd open day on Sunday 17th September from 11am to 4:30pm (last admission 4pm).

This wouldn’t be possible without Croxteth’s Heritage Volunteers. They generously offered their time to support on the day, sharing anecdotal stories and historical facts about the residence of the Earls of Sefton, all while dressed in authentic period attire.

croxteth hallOn Sunday September 17th, residents and history enthusiasts alike are invited to embark on a journey through time at Croxteth Hall, a place steeped in over four centuries of rich history. This immersive experience offers a first-hand look at Edwardian life.

The meticulously preserved rooms including the expansive kitchens and servant’s quarters and the elegant sitting rooms and bedrooms of the Earl, and his family showcase the lifestyle, traditions, and functionality of the era.

This date marks the 50th anniversary of the monumental auction held after the Earl’s passing, that took place on 17th September 1973. Over several days, the Hall’s contents were dispersed, though many of these treasures have since found their way back to the Hall.

Thanks to the loans from Liverpool Museum and the Walker Art Gallery, these prized possessions have been returned to Croxteth Hall once more, offering a glimpse into the past within their fitting setting.

The Hall has been closed to the public for four years due to essential maintenance. It costs more than £1 million each year to maintain the Hall and the green spaces that surround it.

Liverpool City Council conducted a five-week public consultation which launched in August 2002, 3,791 people took part to have their say on different options to generate income for the city council owned Croxteth Hall and Country Park.

As part of the survey, people were also asked to share their memories of the Hall and park.

Responses included:

“Happy memories with my daughter and late husband, late mum and late dog, soaking up the sunshine, walking round the hall and walled garden and having picnics in the park after visiting the estate farm.”

“My late husband and I got married in the Library on 3 April 1999. Even when his dementia deteriorated his memory, we would come here and he could remember our wedding day. Sadly he died in 2010, we now take part in the Memory Walk for him. Croxteth Hall and Park will always be our “happy place”.

imageLabour Councillor Croxteth Country Park Ward, Lila Bennet said:

 “It is fantastic to see that Croxteth Hall will be open for the first time in four years.  The Hall and Croxteth Country Park are an amazing asset and so important to the local community. This is a great chance to look at our heritage and experience how life was in Edwardian times, from the huge kitchens and servant’s quarters to the grand Sitting Rooms and bedrooms of the Earl and his family.”

Head of City Assets, Angie Redhead, said:

“People have such an affinity with Croxteth Hall, which often began in childhood – we love hearing everyone’s favourite memories and stories.

Croxteth Hall has such a significant cultural, historical, and symbolic value to Liverpool, so we are excited to be opening our doors and welcoming people inside as part of Heritage Open Days.

We hope after visiting on Sunday, people leave not only with an insight into past Liverpool history, culture, architectural techniques, historical events, and societal developments but also with a newfound sense of pride and attachment to our beautiful and much-loved Hall.”

Details: Croxteth Hall Heritage Open Day Date: Sunday, September 17th

Opening hours: 11am to 4:40pm (Last admission at 4:00 PM)

Croxteth Walled Garden Hours: 10am to 3pm (Last admission at 2:30pm)

Admission: Free

Note: No unaccompanied children or dogs, please.

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