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If heritage is your bag, you're in luck - we have bags of it! This is the place to find out about the historic houses, castles and places of worship of your area.
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800 years ago Norton Priory was home to a community of Augustinian canons whose purpose was to centre their lives on God. The canons were supported by wealthy families who made gifts of land, enabling the priory to flourish for four centuries. Stone masons and tile makers were commissioned to decorate the most important building, the priory church.
One of the most famous Tudor half-timbered houses in Britain, with rich interiors and fine gardens.
Your visit to the Hall is like stepping back in time. Imagine you are a guest at an Edwardian country house. Enjoy the elegant surroundings and an opulent lifestyle, waited on hand and foot, perhaps taking tea with Lady Sefton. Or imagine being a servant, rising early and toiling in the kitchens, scrubbing floors or carrying coal, all under the watchful eye of the housekeeper and butler.
Princes Road Synagogue
Princes Road is the finest example of the Moorish Revival style of synagogue architecture in Great Britain, and synagogues emulating its design are to be found as far afield as Sydney, Australia.
St George's Hall
The finest neo-classical building in Europe, designed by Harvey Lonsdale Elmes. With its splendid chandeliers and gilded plasterwork it is one of the best assembly halls in Britain.
Steeped in family history, the Hall (Grade II*) was built by the present Lord Ashbrook's great, great grandfather, Rowland Egerton-Warburton between 1832 and 1842 and is a classic example of the Victorian Jacobean style.
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
The Cathedral Church of Christ, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott's masterpiece, is built on St. James' Mount and is visible from miles around: "a visible witness for God in the midst of the great city".
Standing majestically on a sheer rocky crag, Beeston has perhaps the most stunning views of any castle in England. Excavations indicate that a Bronze Age settlement and Iron Age hillfort occupied the site long before the castle was begun in 1225. For centuries an impregnable royal fortress, it finally fell to Parliamentarian forces in the Civil War.
Liverpool's Imperial Arch is the largest outside of China. Standing 15 metres or some 50 feet tall and spanning the street it stands on (Nelson Street), it has to rank as one of the most spectacular sites in Liverpool.
The Albert Dock is a truly stunning architectural triumph. Opened in 1846, it soon became a treasure house of precious cargoes from all over the world. Today a £100 million redevelopment has transformed it into one of Liverpool's busiest and most cosmopolitan centres and a top heritage attraction.
Halton Castle was built shortly after the Norman Conquest and became the centre of the Barony of Halton. It was initially built of wood but was later rebuilt in stone and was in the main a ruin by 1650.
Lion Salt Works
Now a Scheduled Ancient Monument, Lion Salt Works was the UK's last surviving open pan salt works and one of only three left in the world.