Southport U3A

Churchtown Village Trail

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Braving the blustery, cold and wet weather (again), a hardy bunch of Let’s Go members held a self-guided walk around the Churchtown Village Trail, capably led by Shirley.

For such a small area there is an awful lot of history. During the walk we learned about St. Cuthbert, found out that certain members know a suspicious amount about drinking establishments and were treated to an extensive history of the Botanic Gardens.

Did you know that there is a link between Phineas Barnum and Southport? How about the location of the old Churchtown rail station and tram sheds? What did the Hesketh Arms used to be called? Why was the Round House built? What on earth are ‘Sugar Hillocks’? Most important, why is there no record of the Preston to Southport underground or the Viking long boat discovered under the Churchtown Village Green!

All this and more were covered by our intrepid adventurers, before all retired to various establishments to warm up and fill up with cake.

If you would like to know more about the Churchtown Village Trail, leaflets are available from the North Meols Civic Society.

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