Impressions of Liverpool
The Lakeside Hotel Crosby an excellent place to stay!
We had promised ourselves a visit to see the Antony Gormley 'Another Place' statues and the red squirrels at Formby when we visited Liverpool in 2004. On a recent day trip to Liverpool we didn't manage to look at the new museum so we had a couple of days in the area to fit them all in.
Sunday 21st April
9.50 Left for Port Sunlight
12.10 Arrived and went to the museum for coffee and cake that was to be lunch. Walked round the museum and watched a film about Port Sunlight. It was an excellent introduction that covered a lots of ground and seemed to offer a balanced view. Lever must go down as one of the best philanthropists the country has ever had.
2.00 Went to look round the church: it was closed but a couple opened the door and let us have a look inside and invited us back to a St. Georges Day Service. From there to the Lady Leverhume Art Gallery where a free concert was due to start at 2.30. We were able to look round most of the gallery and it was the pre raphaelites that were the most exciting for us. Also looked as the 'specialist' rooms of which the Adam room was the most impressive. The tapestries didn't do much for us.
Left the gallery and had a drive around the village. Stopped a number of times to take photographs.
3.45 Left there and used the satnav to reach the hotel. It was as good as I hoped it would be and we were the only guests this evening. Room super. Staff really pleasant as well. Booked for dinner at 5.30.
4.45 I went off to located the 'Another Place' statues. It took me ten minutes to walk to the first one and I was happy just to photograph that to start with.
8.10 Back to the room. I had become tired of taking photos by 7.50 when the sunset was at its best and had returned to the hotel. You can't win them all.
Monday 22nd April
8.30 Breakfast. We were the only ones there and were very well looked after by Bev.
10.30 Walked to Waterloo Station and bought return tickets to Liverpool Central. Walked to John Lewis's and had coffee. We then walked to the new Liverpool Museum.
We then spent a couple of hours in the museum.
From there to a St. James's station and back to Waterloo at Crosby.
4.30 In our room and by 4.45 we were off to Formby Forest to look for red squirrels. We walked for half an hour but didn't see any.
Tuesday 23rd April
9.10 We visited the Anne Frank Exhibition which was in one of the function rooms of the hotel where we chatted to the lady running it.
10.00 Back to our room to finish packing.
10.30 Checked out of the hotel and walked out to the promenade on the south side of the hotel and along the front to the end of the lake so that B could see the Gormley Statues.
11.15 Left the hotel car park and drove to to look at the statues from Blundellsands. Then we put the postcode of the Quarry Bank Mill at Styal into the satnav. Had lunch there. Then we bought tickets for the Apprentice House which involved a guided tour for 40 minutes. An Apprentice House is where children taken from the workhouse and apprenticed to the mill lived. That was really enjoyable as the lady really knew her stuff and was quite entertaining. Apparently such houses were quite common and this is the only one still surviving. After the tour we went round the mill. A man demonstrated a mule working. Two such huge machines would be looked after by only four or five men.
These containers were called 'cans' and the people who carried them were said to be 'carrying the can'.
4.00 Left there and drove home via the Cat and Fiddle and Buxton.