One of the benefits of retirement is that we can go out for lunch more often and incorporate short trips to places of interest. If the sun shines and we need a treat off we go, and recently when we couldn't decide where to venture, I remembered The Child of Hale.
It was many years since we had visited this quaint little village on the edge of Liverpool and it has an interesting story to tell. A champion of King James1 lived there who was a giant of a man.
I am only 5 feet tall.... or 5 feet small next to the statue
There are several thatched cottages in Hale and this is the one where John Middleton lived. We met some Scottish tourists who were staying in this house and they had been told that John slept with a foot out of each of two windows in his room!
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is just nearby and the flight paths are just overhead.
John Middleton's grave in the churchyard and people throw coins onto it for luck.
Here's the story of how he became the King's Champion and, surprisingly, he was robbed returning from court. It must have taken quite a few men to overcome him.
At the end of the village there is a path which is a pleasant walk leading down to the banks of the River Mersey to Hale Beach.
We enjoyed a good meal in one of the two village pubs to complete another of our day trips.