European Heritage Days

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2015 Heritage Open Days through the Lens of a Merseyside Photographer

Brian Sayle, a freelance photographer based in Merseyside, UK - England, has been a regular visitor of Heritage Open Days around Liverpool since 2010. As he himself notes, this event represents “a fantastic opportunity to see wonderful buildings for the first time, enjoy guided walks, and learn something about your local history.”

This year, Sayle revisited several Merseyside landmarks and created a remarkable photo story about some of his favourite places. In a blog post dedicated to his 2015 Heritage Open Days itinerary, the photographer presented three wonderful churches on Wirral, a beautiful peninsula in Merseyside and Cheshire, North West England, UK.  

St Hilary’s Church, Wallasey

Built in 1859, St Hilary’s Church on Wallasey is believed to be the sixth church of the site. It consists of a church building and separate tower whose lower parts date from the 13th century. Both buildings are recorded in the National Heritage List for England, which was launched back in 2011 with an aim to create a comprehensive online database of all nationally designated heritage assets.

St Andrew’s Church, Bebington

In addition to St Hilary’s Church, Sayle’s recommendation for all the Heritage Open Days visitors is St Andrew’s Church located in the town of Bebington, Wirral. The building dates back from the 13th century, while the major remodelling took place in the 14th century. Today, the church still holds traditional Anglican services and organizes different activities for the community. St Andrew’s church is also listed in the National Heritage List for England.

Holly Cross Church, Woodchurch

Another attractive Heritage Open Days site for Merseyside visitors, Holly Cross Church tells a centuries-long national history. Dating from 12th century, Holly Cross Church represents a mix of architectural trends from 14th and 17th century, when some of the major works on the church had been made. Like the other two churches in Sayle’s photo essay, Holly Cross Church is listed in the National Heritage List for England.

All the Brian Sayle’s photos from his Heritage Open Days route for 2015 could be found here.