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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.

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.

comments (13)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 31 Jul 2009, 00:21
A charming photograph & story
Les Auld: Thanks Chris, appreciate the comment.
  • JulianG
  • Argentina
  • 31 Jul 2009, 00:32
Beautiful Les...smile
Les Auld: Thanks Julian smile
  • DrAW!
  • United States
  • 31 Jul 2009, 03:19
i guess i'm still a fan of this treatment
Les Auld: Pleased you are, thanks for the comment.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 31 Jul 2009, 05:34
So much history and very nicely told Les
Les Auld: There is plenty of it around here Zed, thanks for the comment.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 31 Jul 2009, 07:25
What are you? An atheist she replies. Oh well, he says - as long as you are not a Protestant.

It seems to be a nice enough village.
Les Auld: It would appear so Louis, thanks for the comment.
  • graham pickett
  • SUNNY SOUTHSEA ENGLAND
  • 31 Jul 2009, 07:44
Chris sums it up very well Les,your shots of old buidings have been really excellent and interesting,with some good info.Your work reaches and maintaiins such a high standard,when i finally purchase some decent modern equipment, i will find out how much i have to learn.
Les Auld: Thanks for the compliment Graham, I'm sure you will pick up the techniques quite quickly as well.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 Jul 2009, 08:16
Nice piece of history lesson and lovely photo.
Les Auld: Thanks Savo appreciate the comment.
Fascinating slice of history Les, and a good picture to go with it
Les Auld: Thnaks Bill, can't beat a bot of history.
I wonder if Gormley's men will survive 400+ years!

Good photograph Les ;o)
Les Auld: 10 year design life on the Gormleys so I am told, and the cottage will certainly outlast them. Thanks for the comment.
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Jul 2009, 13:16
A great history, Les. If onlt those walls could talk! It does look a pretty little village if this cottage is anything go by.
Les Auld: It is quite pleasant Alan, thanks for the comment.
Nice picture and history Les. Glad to see the cross still up there and not a satellite dish.
Les Auld: Have to admit to removing a couple of TV aerials though, thanks for the comment.
Great shot Les, and the cross on the chimney is interesting. There is a Crosby in the Isle of Man, perhaps that is something to do with the ancient history you mention.
Les Auld: Could well be Brian, Crosby has a viking derivation. Thanks for the comment.
  • Aussie
  • Cedar Vale
  • 1 Aug 2009, 11:16
Loved wandering around little villages like this when I was there. Beautiful processing on this.
Les Auld: Thanks Aussie, appreciate the comment.

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