Crosby

Crosby was an important village before Liverpool developed. In fact there were two villages: Great Crosby, and (further North, on the boundary of Crosby Hall Park) Little Crosby. The name "Crosby" comes from the old Norse, meaning Village of the Cross. In both Great Crosby and Little Crosby, today, there still exist village crosses: St Michael's Cross in Great Crosby, and a similar one in Little Crosby. Perhaps there have always been crosses associated with the two.

Crosby has its own Web site: the Crosby Channel. There you can find something of its history, pictures, quizzes, a notice-board for past and present residents, and various other features and links.

Before the Reformation, Crosby was part of the parish of Sefton. Sefton Parish Church was the only church in the area (though there may have been chapels in the "big houses", Crosby Hall and Ince Blundell Hall). When the Reformation made refusal to attend Sefton Church a matter of conscience for the "Recusants" (as those who clung to the older Catholic Religion were known), other places of worship developed, and today there are many more churches, Catholic, Anglican, Non-Conformist, etc., in Crosby than in those days. Something of the struggle going on in the hearts and minds of the population of the district in those turbulent days is told in the Video "A Squire's Tale", which is previewed on its own Web site. Today, of course, Crosby is once more part of Sefton - this time of the Metropolitan Borough of that name.

Here are a few images of Crosby - some old, some more recent.

St Michael's WellThis is St. Michael's Well in Crosby Village, as it looks today (or at least the cross which surmounted the well). It has probably been moved from its original site, when Islington was widened and re-aligned at the time of the building of the new St. Helen's church.
And this is the Village Cross in Little Crosby, which is also supposed to stand over a well. There are carvings on the cross base which seem to indicate the passage of some Jesuit priests through Little Crosby - certainly there were some who ministered to the "Recusants" during the penal days.Little Crosby Cross
Coronation PylonThis photo (admittedly not a very good one) dates from 1953: it is of the pylon erected on the roundabout in front of Alexandra Hall to commemorate that year's Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on June 2nd. The corner of Alexandra Hall appears just on the right of the photo.
This is a picture (taken about 1955) of the old St Helen's Catholic Church in Alexandra Road. Although built only in about 1930, it soon began to show structural problems, probably associated with subsidence. About 1960, it was demolished (incidentally allowing for a re-alignment of Islington), and replaced with a modern building which is designed to act not only as a Church, but also as a versatile parish centre.St Helen's 1955
Brooke Road ShoreThe shore at the bottom of Brooke Road provided lots of holiday fun in 1947. This photo of my own family must have been taken by my mother, who is the only one not in the picture.

All photographs on these pages are copyright © Paul R. Allerton, 1999; all rights reserved.
Last updated 18 July 1999