In June 2016 come along and join us for a series of seven walks around Liverpool. It’s the perfect way to get out and about and discover the stories hidden in the streets and parks of your city.
Walks all start at 10am and end at approx 1pm.
Here are the 7 Hills and 7 Walks, we've including a snip-it from the history of each hill as a taste of what can be learnt from the experience of walking these ancient Liverpool sites.
Walk 1 - Everton Ridge - June 8th
It is likely that Roman invaders married local women and settled in and around what was to become Everton Village. The name ‘Everton’ comes from Celtic-Roman 'evoracum', meaning ‘wildboar’, and it is listed in the Domesday Book, of 1086.
Walk 2 - The Toxteth Ridge - June 15th
Toxteth is one of the most ancient parts of Liverpool, and is listed in the Domesday Book as ‘Stochestede’. This may derive from the Old English term for ‘the stockaded place’, which comes from the Anglo-Saxon ‘stocc’, meaning ‘stake’, ‘stede’, meaning ‘place’.
Walk 3 - Mossley Hill and Sefton Park - June 22nd
What is now Mossley Hill was once part of the wealthy ‘Manor of Alretune’ or ‘Allerton’, and is listed in the Domesday Book as being held by three Thanes – a Thane being the Anglo-Saxon equivalent of a Knight. After the English Civil War the manor was seized by Oliver Cromwell and, over subsequent years, it was divided up and was owned by a variety of different wealthy families.
Walk 4 - Olive Mount and Wavertree Ridge - June 29th
Wavertree Village nestles around the foot and flanks of Olive Mount, and is mentioned in the Domesday Book as ‘Wauretree’. It is likely that the name of this district means ‘a settlement near a spring on a wasteland’, indicating that this prehistoric community was centred on the local spring that ultimately, in medieval times, became ‘The Monks’ Well’. However, ‘Wavertree’ could also just as easily mean what it says– ‘a place of waving trees’ – possibly aspen.
Walk 5 - ChildwallHill - July 6th
Ancient Childwall got its name from the old Norse words, ‘kelda’ meaning a well, and ‘wall’ meaning field, and it is listed in the Domesday Book.
During the 18th century, one of the new breed of Liverpool entrepreneurs and a member of the new middle-classes,was a wealthy attorney called Isaac Greene. In 1718, he purchased the Manors of Much and Little Woolton, Childwall, and Childwall Hall. The previous year he had already acquired the Manors of West Derby, Wavertree, and Everton from the Earls of Derby. Through Isaac’s female descendants, Woolton passed into the ownership of Bamber Gascoigne of Childwall, and then to the Marquess of Salisbury.
Walk 6 - Woolton Ridge and Camp Hill - July 13th
The name of Woolton derives from ‘Wulfa’s Tun’ or ‘Wulfa’s Farm stead’, which is probably named after the Teutonic chieftain who settled in the area and first cultivated it.The Village and Manor have passed through the hands of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem; King Henry VIII; Queen Elizabeth I; and King James I. In 1609, James sold it to William Stanley, the 6th Earl of Derby.
Walk 7 - Walton Hill - July 20th
An ancient pagan community originally settled on the top of Walton Hill and, in due course, an Anglo-Saxon settlement was established here. They gave their home the name of Walton, which comes from the Saxon words ‘weald’ and ‘tun’, meaning a ‘walled settlement’. Walton is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086, and it became the religious centre of the ‘Hundred of West Derby’. This term describes the geographical forerunner of a shire, and was an area that could raise an army of 100 fighting men in times of war.
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Images and maps reproduced with kind permission of Liverpool City Council.
7 Hills walking routes copyright Ken Pye www.discover-liverpool.com