The priory is Wirral's oldest building
By site contributor Jean Brookland
Jean finds the priory in Bikenhead a very uplifting place. Find out why this special place helps Jean look to the future with hope.
Priory Street, Birkenhead
I find the priory in Birkenhead a very uplifting place. It is a very quiet and peaceful which is a comfort amongst the hustle and bustle of Birkenhead and the dockyards of Cammell Laird which are situated right next door.
Monks would offer shelter to travellers
There is a great sense of history, the priory is said to be the first building on Wirral and stood on its own on the headland occupied by monks.
Built in 1150, the monks would offer hospitality to travellers making their way to Liverpool. They would offer free food and shelter to travellers before taking them rowing or sailing them across the river Mersey to Liverpool.
It still feels a very welcoming place and although it is only a small building, I find it a haven and a joy to stroll around. It's a place I can sit and think.
The view from St Mary's Tower
Also within the grounds is St Mary’s Tower which has stunning views of the Mersey estuary and Birkenhead. I could stand for hours and admire the panoramic views from the top. It is a very calming experience to look over my home town, and any troubles or worries I may have are put into perspective and it helps me look to the future with hope.
last updated: 04/07/07