Bidston Travel Guide

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Bidston Things to Do

  • The Windmill sails

    With this type of windmill the "cap" could be turned so that the sail could catch the wind, whatever direction it was blowing in. The large wooden chain wheel used to turn the roof around by a rack and gear system can still be seen. The mill used to have two doors on opposite sides of the mill. One day the unfortunate mill owner used the wrong...

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  • farm animals

    As I said there are not too many animals on the farm but Dave was taken with this pig.......perhaps something to do with the fact that it is an Oxford Sandy!!

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  • The Mill stones

    The millstones were made of French burnstone. These stones weighed 1.5 tons each and lasted 2 years. A set of French burnstones now costs about £6000. One hundred weight of flour was produced every 3 - 5 minutes.

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  • Tam O'Shanter - Urban Farm

    Tam O'Shanter Cottage, at the edge of Bidston Hill, was probably built about 300 years ago by a heath squatter. It had no particular claim to fame until 1837 when the present occcupier Richard Lea adorned the building with a carved stone slab depicting Burns poem "Tam O'Shanter" in which Tam pursued by witches sought to reach the bridge in the...

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  • Ancient Rock Carvings

    Close by the Observatory is an ancient Sun God carved into the sandstone by the Norse Irish, dating from about 1000 ad. There is also a carving of a horse in the same vicinity but this has almost been obliterated by the ravages of time, weather erosion and countless thousands of trampling feet. I couldn't find the sun godess one and almost missed...

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  • Climbing the Windmill

    Its open the first Sunday in each month from 2-4pm...but take care of the metal ladders they are quite steep....and its worse coming down too!

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  • Bidston Lighthouse

    Bidston Lighthouse was used as a replacement for Lower Mockbeggar Light at Leasowe, on the coastline, which had been washed away by storm and tidal actions seven years after its construction. Incidentally the Upper Mockbeggar Light - the leasow Lighthouse is still in existence and is the oldest surviving brick built lighthouse in Europe.An Act of...

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  • Bidston Observatory

    Originally built in 1866 the Observatory housed telescopes for astronomical confirmation of the correct time for the "One O' Clock Gun" - a cannon that was fired at exactly one o' clock, notifying workers that their lunch break was over!In later years, the Observatory calculated tide heights for all major ports worlwide, based on sample readings...

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  • Bidston windmill

    Bidston Windmill was built on the hill's summit in 1800 and was used to produce flour up to 1875. It has suffered through the ravages of time but has recently been restored and received new sails in the 1990's. It is open to the public on the first sunday of each month in the afternoon when the interior and operating machinery can be inspected and...

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Bidston Off The Beaten Path

  • Grave detail

    The graves are so numerous - since its opening in 1864 over 100,000 internments have taken place, 8,000 of which where in the first 10 years.Here's just one that caught my eye for its detail on the headstone.

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  • Flaybrick Chapels

    The two main chapels - Church of England on the right hand side of the tower and Noncomformists on the left - are listed buildings. They were last used in 1975 and its a shame to see them in such a state of disrepair but in many respects its gives it an air of poignant charm.

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  • Hillbark House

    Originally known as Bidston Court, Hillbark House originally stood near the urban farm in 1891, built for soap manufacturer Robert Hudson. Designed by Edward Oult, who also designed houses in Port Sunlight Village, it was inspired by 16th century Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire. It was moved and re-built at Royden Park between 1921 and 1931.It is...

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Bidston Favorites

  • Bidston Hill

    The hill is an extension of the Storeton Ridge that runs down the Wirral as far as Storeton Quarry, where the Storeton Tramway once transported the rock quarried at Storeton to the docks at Bromborough Pool on the banks of the River Mersey. Today it is a popular place for walking - both humans and dogs!

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  • Bidston Church

    The Church is also an architectural delight.its tower dates from 1520 while Church farm on the left was built in 17th century - the one with the 13 floors.

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  • Bidston Village

    The old village of Bidston is not very large but it does have some beautiful sandstone buildings and is a conservation area. I can also recall a programme on British TV called "The House Detectives" where a house's history is traced.....well one was an old farm house in Bidston that had several room over 13 diffferent floor levels!

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