It's Friday so once again I'm joining in with Amy at Love Made my Home for this week's Five on Friday.
During our time on the Wirrall a couple of weeks ago now - how time flies! - we visited Birkenhead Priory.
The first part of the building you see is the tower which belonged to St Mary's Church which was built next to the priory ruins and opened in 1821. The Tower was saved from demolition in 1975 and it was dedicated as a memorial to the submarine HMS Thetis.
Apparently the tower has amazing views across the River Mersey and the Cammell Laird shipyards but unfortunately for us, but not for the participants who were having a great time, there was an abseiling event happening whilst we were there so we never got up to the top of the tower.
The church was demolished in 1971 except for the tower and the west walls which you can see in the photos above and the one below.
In 1962 the nearby Princess Dock opened incorporating part of St Mary's Churchyard.
The Priory was founded by Benedictine monks c. 1150 the first phase of building included the Chapter House, later in the 1300s a Frater Range and Scriptorium were added.
The priory closed in 1536 a victim of King Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries.
There is a small Museum in the undercroft of the Frater Range which was fascinating to walk around.
Five facts gleaned from our visit
1. The name Birkenhead is from the old English Bircen Heafod which means a headland growing with Birch trees.
2. In September 1275 King Edward I visited the priory. the Royal household stayed at the Priory for eight days. King Edward returned to the priory in 1277 for a further six days. Apparently his visits cost the Priory £72 7s 5d about £40,000 in today's money.
3. For 400 years the monks of the priory as well as worshipping there also farmed the land, welcomed travellers and operated a ferry across the river Mersey to Liverpool.
4. Built in 1150 the Priory is the oldest standing building on Merseyside and it encapsulates the town's history within its small, enclosed site.
5. The layout of the Priory was most unusual in that the cloister and other monastic buildings were located north of the Priory Church instead of the usual south.
Whilst in Birkenhead we also visited the wonderful Williamson Art Gallery which houses a huge collection of the local Art and Crafts movement Della Robbia pottery founded in the town by Harold Steward Rathbone.
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I hope, wherever you are, you have a lovely weekend.