Halewood Local History Pages


Freddie Mercury & the Wade Deacon/Halewood Connection

Before Freddie Bulsara hit the big time, he spent some of his early career in Liverpool, where he had hooked up with local band Ibex, which later morphed into Wreckage. He also played at Wade Deacon Grammar School, and stayed in Halewood at the home of lead guitarist Mike Bersin.

Blackie the War Horse - Grave receives Grade II Listed Status

In December 2017, the grave of 'Blackie' the war horse at Halewood Horse's Rest was granted Grade II Listed Status to protect the site. This came after a local campaign and application to Historic England after fears it may have been removed by developers. This is the only site of its kind in the country with such status. Read about how Blackie came to be in Halewood and the story of his master Lieutenant Leonard Comer Wall.

The Misses Alice and Elizabeth Jump Presentation Booklet 1926

The Jump sisters - Miss Alice and Miss Lizzie - ran the Halewood Village School (next to the church) for an incredible 78 years between them - Alice served 44 and Lizzie 34. A presentation was made in 1926. A booklet was produced for the occasion, but no copy had been seen for many years until Halewood Historian Samantha Best discovered a copy in 2020. A few additional related photos in the possession of Mike Royden have been added. (Samantha also runs the @HalewoodHistory Twitter account - don't forget to follow!)

Halewood and Domesday Book

Halewood was not mentioned by name in Domesday, but was most likely one of the six 'outliers' of West Derby. Click here for the transcribed pages.

A Short History of Halewood - from the Victoria County History

The Victoria History of the Counties of England, commonly known as the Victoria County History or the VCH, is an English history project begun in 1899 in honour of Queen Victoria with the aim of creating an encyclopaedic history of each of the historic counties of England. The volumes covering Lancashire were first published in 1907 - this is the extract that covers Halewood.

The Moated Sites of Halewood
Part I - Old Hutt / Wrights Moat

This article looks firstly at the complex manorial history of Hale and Halewood, before concentrating on the moated sites of the area. The Old Hutt was the former manorial seat of Hale, although it lay just inside the parish of Halewood. There is a brief look at the related site of Wright's Moat. The article continues in part two, where Lovel's Hall and Yew Tree House (also in Halewood) are studied.

The Moated Sites of Halewood
Part II - Lovel's Hall Court Farm

This article continues from Part I (Old Hutt) and looks at the sites of Lovel's Hall near Halebank, the manor house of Francis, Lord Lovel, aid to Richard III, who also fought at Bosworth.

The Moated Sites of Halewood
Yew Tree House (Higher Road)

Today, Yew Tree House is a private dwelling situated in Almond Close, at the junction of Higher Road and Wood Road, near to Halewood Community Comprehensive School. Part of the house was built in the mid 17th century and may contain earlier fragments of a simple rectangular house of two rooms with a centre passage and a storey above. However, even this earlier structure is of a later date than the moat which once lay alongside. Click here for more detail.

The Moated Sites of Halewood
Court Farm

Situated at the end of Court Avenue, this site of the former Halewood Brewery was a possible moated farm. However recent excavation has also revealed more surprising results of much earlier occupation.

In preparation, coming shortly.

The Impact of the Coming of the Railway on 19th Century Halewood

Within a little over twenty years the township was to be dissected by three railway lines, witnessed the construction of three main line stations, main goods sidings, two small communities of railway cottages, and an iron foundry with its workers' cottages. This article looks at the effects on the township, the changes to the local population, the geography, occupations and attitudes towards the new developments.

The Effects of Enclosure on Ninteenth Century Halewood

The enclosure movement was an integral part of the Agricultural Revolution. In many areas of the country the effects were sweeping and the landscape, the system of farming, and the local society were effected, sometimes to an overwhelming extent. Halewood was enclosed during the first decade of the nineteenth century. To what extent was Halewood Township affected? Was the common land lost here as it was in so many other townships and parishes? How were the locals affected?
This downloadable copy of this thesis hopes to answer these questions and was written by Mike Royden.


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