Of all the villages within the Merseyside
region Woolton must stand unique. Few, if any, can boast having, within
its boundary: its own railway station; golf course; farrier &
blacksmith; village green; swimming baths; cinema; 16 pubs and a cafe bar;
two parks (Reynolds Park (Green Flag award) and the Swing
Park/Recreation Ground, Quarry Street); Woolton Wood (Green Flag award);
two supermarkets; a library; six active Places of Worship (Gateacre
Chapel, Holy Family, St Hilda, St. James, St. Mary, St. Peter); two
Conservation areas; two village crosses (the Village Cross & Hunts
Cross); and over 150 Listed buildings.
If you take in another half-mile radius
or so around the village boundary then Woolton probably has the highest
concentration of Listed buildings outside of the city centre. In addition
to this: another conservation area (Gateacre); two more golf links (Allerton
and Lee Park); another four pubs; two more Places of Worship (St. Stephen,
Gateace, and St. Columba, Hunts Cross); five more parks (Calderstones Park
(Green Flag award), Allerton Tower, Clarke Gardens, Halewood Triangle
Country Park and the Eric Hardy Nature Reserve, as well as two National
Trust houses where John Lennon and Paul McCartney lived - and they first
met at St. Peterís Church Hall in 1957!
From: In and Around Woolton
Village (Oct. 2003).
notable events have taken place in Woolton during the final epoch of the
last century (1950-1999), such as the Woolton Show at Camp Hill, the
Liverpool Marathon, also from Camp Hill, the Woolton Garden Fete at
Reynolds Park, John Lennon and Paul McCartney first meeting at St. Peterís
Church Hall, the demolition of St. Benetís Priory, to name but a few.
Another event that is proving to be another chapter in the history of our
village is Woolton in Bloom, entered as part of the Britain in Bloom and
for which the Woolton in Bloom committee this year (2004) received the
award of Best Large Village in the whole of the North West of England,
Most Improved Village and an award for improvements to Woolton Wood and
Camp Hill in addition to several Small Neighbourhood awards. In the first
four years of entering Village in Bloom Woolton has won seven awards, and
it is even more satisfying to know that, in over 40 years of Britain in
Bloom, it was the first time that an urban village had won the Best Large
Just prior to this book being published the Woolton in Bloom committee
sponsored a Field of Hope for the Marie Curie in the year of the 45th
anniversary of its formal opening in 1959. It is a sad fact that in the
beginning the vast majority of patients who entered the Marie Curie Centre
did not return, and it had the sinister nickname of "the death
house." Nowadays, with all of the financial support we give, and
technology we have, the situation is reversed and over 50% of patients
return to a normal healthy life. If technology, and above all financial
support, continues at the present rate then by the time the Marie Curie
Centre Woolton celebrates it 100th anniversary it is not unreasonable to
assume that the vast majority of patients who enter for treatment will
return home cured.
and Around Woolton Village 2 (Dec. 2004).