Despite being under three miles away from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Hale offers a distinctly different vibe than many of its Liverpudlian counterparts.
Just north of the River Mersey and only accessible via long country lanes, the small village of Hale offers a taste of an alternative Liverpool dwelling where quaint thatched cottages, modern converted barns and plush country abodes are dotted amongst the tree-lined avenues. This historic village has much to offer for those who prefer the quieter, countrified lifestyle where the focus is very much on home comforts and community gatherings. With a beautiful park and unrivalled views across the River Mersey, locals never tire of exploring the stunning scenery on their doorstep.
Despite being seemingly cut-off from the outside world, Hale is a great commuter town, located close to the A Roads which lead along to the Mersey Gateway Bridge that takes travellers across to the Wirral or in the opposite direction, Speke Boulevard which takes its travellers towards Liverpool City Centre.
1Visitors to the village will be greeted by a statue of John Middleton, also known as the Childe of Hale. He was said to have stood at nine foot three inches tall. A portrait of the man hangs in the Grand Hall in Speak Hall. 2Hale Head Lighthouse may now be a private residence, however, it once stood at the most southernly point of Lancashire. Its tower sits at forty-five feet high and when in use, its light could be seen from as far as forty miles away.3The tower of St. Mary’s Church in Hale dates to around the fourteenth century, with the rest of the church being built in the eighteenth century. The Childe of Hale, John Middleton, is buried here after dying at the age of forty-five in 1623.4Hale was the birthplace of the renowned Vogue Editor, Audrey Withers, who was born in the village in 1905. Withers was the Editor of the magazine from 1940 and 1960, seeing the publication through the Second World War. 5The remains of an Ice House sit by the river bank and was once where meat was stored to keep cool and fresh. Before the days of electronic refrigeration, meat would be placed into the chamber and ice would be brought across from a nearby pool.
Lifestyle & Activities
Despite its small size, Hale has a wealth of things to do for its residences and the occasional visitor who comes to enjoy a breath of fresh air, not too far away from home
Hale Park is at the centre of the village and offers a wonderful green space that is popular with families in the area. With a children’s play area and designated dog walking area, it is the perfect place for newbies to meet and get to know their fellow neighbours. To the right of the park is where visitors can find an area that is perfect for playing recreational activities, from children’s football games to joggers. The park hosts an annual themed carnival event each summer, a great event for the community to get together and enjoy some friendly competition, dancing and even fancy dress.
For those who are looking to join in with some community groups, Hale Village Hall plays host to some great groups and activities throughout he week. Guests can take part in cricket club, table tennis club and even a film club, enjoying great entertainment and fun with all the family.
Schools & Education
Hale is home to just one primary school, Hale Church of England Primary School, based on Hesketh Road.
The school, which has been rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted, performs well with around seventy-seven percent of pupils meeting the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. As a church school, the values and teachings of Christianity is at the heart of the school’s teachings. Following the National Curriculum, parents can expect their children to learn a broad range of subjects including core and foundation subjects.