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The Chantry Well, Huyton

From The Ancient Crosses of Lancashire by Henry Taylor:

These words occur on the 1848 six-inch ordnance map close to some old cottages, about one hundred yards to the north of the church. They have recently been pulled down. The well, when I saw it (in April, 1900), was a walled-in dipping well, on the east side of the lane, running due north from Huyton village. It does not appear to be known why the well has its present designation, but Baines states that two chantries were founded here, the first by John de Winwick, rector of Wigan, in 1350 (dedicated to the Virgin); the other by his brother, Richard de Winwick, rector of Walton-on-the-Hill (dedicated to S. Michael the Archangel). Possibly, chantry priests lived in the cottages.

4 comments

  1. Paul okeeffe says:

    I am trying ti find informatipn about the royal british legion building archway rd huyton,its former uses and old pictures

    • Martin says:

      Hi Paul,

      I’ve not found any photos of this building, but looking at the old maps it seems that this building was originally a private house. When Huyton first expanded from a small village a row of large houses was built along this road. Smaller houses were built along the other roads out of Huyton, and a large area known as Huyton Park grew up to the south of the village.

      Huyton in 1881, with the present British Legion building circled.

      Martin

    • Peter says:

      Hi Paul

      I am also interested in the history of this building. My parents have lived next door since the mid 80’s. There is an old coach house and stables in their back garden which used to be part of the british legion property i believe. I can distinctively remember the old gates that where on the coach house before my dad renovated it. In fact they are still sat in the stables attatched to the coach house. They were painted the same green colour as the gates that are still on the old fire station further up the road just past the church. I’m not sure if this indicates maybe they where built around the same time, or if it was just the same painter that was hired to give them a fresh lick years later or it may even just be coincidence. I have spent a fair bit of time looking for old photos, but i havn’t found any yet. All the old pics from Archway Road are mostly took of the Barkers Bprewery and around that junction, but nothing further down really.
      I would also imagine this building would have had a name, as the other old buildings along Archway Road have. But i havn’t been able to find this out either

  2. Paulokeeffe says:

    All i no is that it wad a doctors up till 50 years ago and does heathcote ring a bell to you

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