SPEKE HALL - 21/08/04
Today's update features photographs and information from our visit to Speke Hall in Merseyside on Saturday 21st August 04. The Hall is located next to Liverpool's John Lennon Airport and is 8 miles to the south east of Liverpool. The weather was sunny and dry, with temperatures of around 19˚C.
|Speke Hall originally dates from the 15th century with various additions over later years, it is considered to be one of the finest examples of a timber framed building. The walk from the main entrance at Home Farm towards the house takes you past the Orchard, as left photo above.|
|The Hall and surrounding areas are in the care of the National Trust who have looked after the property since 1943. The interiors of the house vary in date from Tudor times, such as the Great Hall and Priest Hole to Victorian designs.|
|The three views above show the magnificent south face of Speke Hall. There is a replica of the Hall in California, built in 1912 as a weekend getaway by Percy T. Morgan and designed to withstand earthquakes.|
|No dogs are permitted in the formal gardens but they are welcome on the estate walk and the nearby Stockton's Wood. There are excellent views from the walk of the Liverpool John Lennon Airport and across the Mersey Basin, with the North Wales hills in the distance.|
|Centre photo above shows the small courtesy service in operation that runs from the entrance and facilities at Home Farm, including a restaurant and shop to the Hall itself, about five minutes walk away.|