Ned Howard's Cottage.....
.... Little Crosby
To the north of Liverpool is the village of Little Crosby, I have driven through there many times on the way to photograph Antony Gormley's Iron Men and always thought that I should stop in the village. So one day I did.
There has been habitation here for hundreds of years with the area being settled by Norsemen from the Isle of Man and Ireland around 900 AD. It was listed in the Domesday book as Crosbie. Little Crosby seems to have bypassed time over the years and is perhaps the oldest existing Catholic village in England, the squires being the notable recusant Blundell family. The village character has changed little from a 1600s description that "it had not a beggar, ..an alehouse ..[or] a Protestant in it...". Other members of other religions do live there now, although Protestant inhabitants however must be 'vetted' by the local Squire before occupation of one of the 50 or so dwellings. How much this is enforced today I do not know.
This is Ned Howards cottage in which a chapel was established back in 1608 where mass was said in secret until 1720. The small cross on the roof denoting that it was once a church.
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