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Historic church of St Mary (Walton on the Hill) throws its doors open to welcome people to explore heritage 

The historic church of St Mary (Walton on the Hill) will throw its doors open to welcome people to explore a heritage that dates back to Norman times. 

The Old Grammar School (built 1614) and Church will be open from 10.00 – 16.00 on Saturday 10th and 13.00 – 16.00 on Sunday 11th Sept. It is free to enter but donations are welcome.

Visitors will be able to see some of the magnificent treasures of the church including

  1. Our 11th century font
  2. Part of a Saxon Cross
  3. Historic church artefacts include a 1641 Bible.

Those who come will also see some fascinating displays and artefacts of local history. The parish has a rich heritage with an ancient graveyard and the Old Grammar School, the fifth oldest building in Liverpool. 

Also Rev Trevor Latham (previous Rector) will give talks about the history and architecture of the church at 13.00 and 15.00 each day. This will include the Saxon Cross, Norman font and the Carter Preston stained glass.

And for a small charge you would be able to climb the historic tower (weather permitting) to see amazing views across Liverpool and beyond.

Rev Fiona Pennie, Minster at ST Mary’s said:

“I am proud to be serving such an ancient church with deep roots into the community. Visitors in September will have a great opportunity to see for themselves the amazing treasures this church contains as we welcome you to explore this historic building. We look forward to seeing you then.”

St Mary’s is launching a group, the Friends of the Historic Parish of Walton dedicated to preserving the legacy of the church and Old Grammar School for future generations. You can find out more at www.friendsofthehistoricparishofwalton.org

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