Speke Travel Guide

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    Speke Hall grounds
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    Driveway upto Speke Hall
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    Speke Hall Grounds
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Speke Things to Do

  • Plane Spotting!

    Expansions to the airport continued and its was moved to the new John Lennon Airport - just the other side of Speke Hall. On the estate circular walk you soon realise how close it is - as if you hadn't heard the planes by now! Makes a good place to go easyjet plane spotting!

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  • Protection for Speke Hall

    The closeness of the airport and possible damage to the foundations from vibrations meant that at one time the removal of Speke Hall to a new location had been considered at one time ...who knows this may happpen in the future with further expansion of the airport. A landscaped bund on the boundary of the Airport / Speke Hall Estate was put in...

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  • Speke Hall Approach

    Its a lovely approach to Speke Hall down the long drive from the Lodge, especially in ths spring time with the colourful daffodils bordering the woodland scenery.Its worth noting too that if you use public transport to get here and thus not parking the car then the gardens and estate are free to enter - just need to pay the difference to view the...

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  • Gardenerobe - tudor toilet

    Speke Hall used to have a moat around its perimeter but the water has long since been removed. The guide pointed out a gardenerobe on this side of the house - this was a water closet toilet which emptied straight down into the moat below :-S

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  • Interior

    photography is not really allowed inside, so just a couple of sneaky shots...The Hall dates from 1490 and the interior spans many periods from Tudor times to Victoriana. There are fine Jacobean plasterwork and carved furniture, a magnicient Grand Hall, A Victorian Kitchen and bathrooms and bedrooms to mention a few. Plus look out for the priest...

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  • Stained Glass

    There are some beautiful stained glass motifs in the Hall - many are of the shields of the family but some are biblical scenes like this one of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden.

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  • Old Speke Airport

    Adelaide Watt's restrictive clause for Speke Hall was limited in that it did not extend to all of the estate and sure enough part of this was sold off after her death and used for an aerodrome during the war - the beginnings of Speke Airport.On the estate walk the old Speke airport is easily seen. It was one of the UK's oldest operational airports,...

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  • Eaves Detail

    On the fron of the Hall there are some more intricate details on the gables - just look at those gothic heads and fancy fretwork.

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  • Gable Detail

    Our Tudor guide pointed out this gable and its intricate decoration on the back of the house on the left hand side. This is original woodwork and probably the oldest remaining part of its architecture.

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  • Stream Garden

    Part of the garden has this almost hidden stream garden - there are several nooks and crannies to explore in the gardens here. It was a bit murky looking to be honest and this pic probably makes it look better than it really is!

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  • Sunken Lane

    In front of the Hall just beyond the lawn is this sunken lane. Adelaide Watt had this road designed this way so that any passing carriages would not spoil her view!

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  • Estate Walk

    There's a trail around the estate - only a short one of a mile or so. If the weather is clear there are some fine views of the Mersey estuary and the welsh hills beyond.

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  • Courtyard

    Here's a view of the shaded courtyard with its cobbledstone ground and central tree. A most delightful innner courtyard and here you can really appreciate how wonky these old walls are!

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  • Speke Hall Owners II

    Its seems a shame that after all that restoration Richard Watt V and his bride both died before they reached 30 - no time to enjoy their home. Their young orphaned daughter , Adelaide Watt, became the last owner of Speke Hall, inherting the estate when she came of age. She remained a spinster and devoted her life to preserving Speke Hall and...

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  • Tudor Tour

    For an extra quid on top of the house entrance fee a tudor guide will give a 30 minute tour around the exterior explaining the architecture and unusual features that can be seen - such as the eavesdropping feature (see further on). A young family were on the tour with us and the kids were doing tudor history at school and the homework project was...

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  • Speke Hall Owners I

    In later years Speke Hall passed by marriage to the Beauclerk family in the eighteenth century when unfortunately it became neglected and close to dereliction. Then in I795 Speke Hall was sold, the only time in its 500-year history, and was acquired by a wealthy local merchant, Richard Watt. His great nephew, Richard Watt V began the necessary...

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  • Speke Hall

    A visit to Speke Hall is a popular day out for all the family. This fine tudour half timbered house is one of the finest in Britain, stands in peaceful gardens and has woodland walks around which also takes in views of Liverpol's airport runway...so if there is a plane spotter in the family they'll be happy, although its mainly Easyjet and Ryaniar...

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  • Speke Hall Lodge

    Its amazing in that just a short distance from an industrial area just a stone's throw from the John Lennon Liverpool airport stands this lodge leading to this amazing tudour house with its formal gardens.It almost seems so out of place! The notice board by the lodge shows the times when the house and the grdens and estate are open - usually the...

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Speke Restaurants

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    by sandysmith Updated Apr 8, 2005

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    The former home farm barn of the victorian era has been converted into a cafe and across the courtyard is a family friendly park area for the kids with swings and climbing frames etc... Gift shop facilities here too.
    A pleasant place to stop for a coffee and cafe - about 7 pounds for 2 of us so a bit on the dear side but quite tasty. Indoor seating but nicer to sit out in the sunshine.

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Speke Transportation

  • Speke Airport aka Liverpool, aka John...

    My first encounter of Speke was reading Sandysmiths page, when I was planning my trip from Liverpool to Granada. She inspired me to visit Speke Hall, So I was planning to arrive nice and early. My journey from Sheffield started off in torrential rain, over the Cat and Fiddle it was sunny, but as soon as I hit the M6 it was horrendous- such heavy...

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  • John Lennon Airport

    Its getting easier and easier to reach Liverpool from Europe. Being Capital of Culture for 2008 and hosting the Golf Open in 2006 acrosss the estuary on the Wirral has meant many more flights operating in and out of the John Lennon airport. Ryanair and Easyjet are the main low cost charter flight here but Flybe also has a base here now. At the...

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  • Bus is best

    The nearest train station to Speke is a good 2 miles away so if not arriving by car then the bus is your best option. Catch the the number 82a from Liverpool city centre outside Boots) to Speke - or even the 80a (but this will go all around the houses first!)The bus will pass a large retail park on the outskirts of Liverpool airport and just after...

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Speke Shopping

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    by suvanki Updated Jan 21, 2008

    The Duty Free shopping in Speke airport is in proportion to the airport i.e it isn't massive, but there is a fairly good selection of the classics in alcohol, tobacco and perfume etc!

    What to buy: Probably depends on where You're flying to, and what your tastes are!
    Can you buy it cheaper there, or can't you live without your favourite brand?

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  • Blooms

    The flowers in the garden were truly beautiful and their fragrance scented the air as we strolled amongst the laws and rose gardens.

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  • ET??

    One of the funniest things I noticed was as we crossed the little bridge across the former moat to the entrance of the Hall. They had these litttle areas where people once stood to let the carriages pass, lanterns would have been on top of the heads seen here and I swear this one looked like ET!

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  • Gardens

    The gardens of Speke Hall were a pleasant place to stroll in the lovely warm spring sunshine admiring the foliage and colours of the flowers.

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