Left: Taken in the centre of Childwall Woods on the rocky sandstone outcrop known locally as 'Monkey Island'. This area is difficult to get to and somewhat hidden from view until you discover the hidden entrances, via a muddly slope or by some stone steps. The area does not feel like you are standing in a large city, but in the middle of the countyside. The outer 'moat' of this sandstone crop was once used as the carriageway to the entrance of Childwall Hall and can still be walked through to this day. There is no solid ground to the 'moat' but it is suggested that it was once a sandstone floor - which may still remain under the mud and soil.
Below Left: A very rare view from the top of Childwall tower. A good digital camera is finally able to show the area in great detail, including zooming all the way to St Mary's Prescot on the horizon, St Mary's West Derby, and viewing the general area. Childwall has always been noted for its fine views from the hillside and on a good day you can view as far as Winter Hill, Prescot, Runcorn and if you know where to look, 7 church spires. Also a chance to see the 'Bloody Acre' field which has never been built on and a home to a family of foxes.
Childwall Abbey Hotel
Childwall Abbey Road
Tel: 0151 722 5293
179 Queens Drive
Tel: 0151 722 3314
All Saints Childwall
All Saints Church,
Childwall Abbey Rd,
Tel: 0151 737 2169
St. David's Church
Tel: 0151 722 4549
Childwall CE School
Tel: 0151 722 1553
Childwall Valley Primary
Tel: 0151 722 2544
The Childwall Triangle shops covers the point of Childwall Abbey Road/Childwall Priory Road and
Taggart Avenue. From Purdy's Fruit Shop in the past, to up to date newsagents, wine stockists, a Post Office and many local amenities will save that trip in to town.
A well stocked Chemist, a well known Newsagents, designer clothes stores, and lots of parking space.
The Childwall Triangle is a well stocked area for local needs and well recommended.
Bentham Drive shops has corner covered for the local resident. From a large Co-op store with fresh produce, a well established Hair Salon, a fantastic Indian restaurant and a long standing Newsagents, to a pet care centre and gents barbers, all within close walking distance and ample parking space.
Welcome to the historical area of Childwall, Liverpool! Childwall is an affluent suburb of Liverpool, Merseyside, England and a Liverpool City Council Ward. It is located to the south of the city, bordered by Gateacre, Wavertree, Belle Vale, Broadgreen, Bowring Park and Mossley Hill. In 2008 the population was recorded as 14,085. Childwall can be found approximately 6 miles from Liverpool City Centre in the South East suburbs of Liverpool, or a stones throw from the end of the M62. Childwall is dominated by the "Childwall Fiveways", a large roundabout that is one of the busiest in Liverpool. Housing is almost entirely detached or semi-detached; there are very few terraces within Childwall.
The area's pleasant greenery in abundance and range of large houses makes it one of Liverpool's most sought-after suburbs. The area boasts 3 churches, 3 public houses and 3 seperate shopping area's. The area can be easily located by car, bus and a short walk to the local train station. Childwall has lots of local shops, churches and pubs which can be found detailed to the right. From Childwall Woods to Childwall Fields, the area offers large green playing fields. The area is also well known for its historical aspect, from the medieval 14th century church to the 15th century ‘Childwall Abbey’. In keeping with the name, there is also a redundant well, glimpses of the past on the footprint of Childwall Hall and road names that tell a story.
However, Childwall is also fully in the 21st century as it is complimented by Hope University, a very popular University that is well known throughout the UK.
Moving away from the centre of the Village to an area of natural beauty, the Childwall Woods is a place to get back to nature . Accessible from Childwall fields, Childwall Abbey Road or Countisbury Drive, the surrounding are will take you fully back to nature. From the historical walk at the start of the Gatehouse, through the 'moat' and ending up where Childwall Hall once stood, to the sandstone dip known locally as Monkey Island, the area is well known for its local wildlife.
To the left, we see a clip of the 'moat', which was the original driveway of Childwall Hall where horse drawn carriages would run from the Gatehouse through the 'moat' and on towards Childwall Hall, set in its own surroundings.
There have been numerous reports of this once being a full circle 'moat' but no contemporary maps have ever provided such information and it is possible to see the 'start and finish' of this 'moat' without any further hidden sandstone blocks.
We now take a stroll through 'Monkey Island' in the centre of the woods. It is a small section that is normally missed by the casual walker as it is difficult to get down to, but well worth the visit for the sandstone bedrock. This area was out of bounds many years ago from the rumours of it being a centre for Devil Worshipping but today it is a happy and relaxed area. Visit and support the local Woods for a place of peace and back to nature.
This area also contains sandstone blocks which once formed the part of a gatehouse in the woods. This was part of the Childwall Hall boundary and has been captured in both drawing and photographic evidence from contemporary postcards in the area.
The Keepers Lodge was home to the Lowe family who tended to the surrounding area's of Childwall Woods.
Underground the area of Childwall is just as busy as above ground!
Childwall Well was situated on the slope of the hill about 200 yards from the Childwall Abbey Hotel and was known as the Monks Bath. It was working as a strong cold spring in the 1830's. The bason of the well measured about 15' across and it was well protected by an interior four sided wall of masonry. A stream from it used to flow into the Childwall Brook a short distance away.
After a long career, the well suddenly dried up about 1840 as a result of the Corporation Wells in Green Lane and therefore became filled up with rubbish.
In 1965 workmen removing and rebuilding the sandstone wall at the corner of Well Lane and Childwall Lane, to cut out a blind spot for motorists, came up with an amazing discovery! When the old wall was taken down, they came across a well 4-5' in diameter with three steps leading down to it. This was so ancient that it was not even featured on any local records. More noted is the underground stream which flows from the bottom of Gateacre Park Fields.
A worthwhile visit while in Childwall is All Saints Childwall. From the earliest days right up to 2008, the shape of the Church has undergone considerable changes both interior and exterior. There are no plans before the fourteenth century, though there are fragments of earlier work built in to the masonry of later date. Of these, the most obvious are some Saxon carved stones in the West Wall of the Porch and a fragment of Norman work preserved in a niche in the North Chancel Aisle. The earliest date, which can be given to any part of the present building, is the fourteenth century. The Chancel has on the South Side, a square headed two light window, which is probably of this date. The East Window is modern, but constructed in fourteenth century style. A part of the old North Wall of the Chapel remains between the Chancel and the North Chancel Aisle. This was originally the outer wall of the Chapel. Inside the church are box pews which were installed in the restoration of 1851–53. The choir stalls dated from the early 20th century; they were designed by Bodley and Scott and had been intended for the Lady Chapel of Liverpool Cathedral. In a display case is an elaborately carved bench end dating probably from the early 17th century.