Does the woman with the kennels and horses still live next door? I remember her saying that the horse figured out how to operate the gate latch to escape.
I find the Saddle story/legend quite interesting about the beheading that apparently took place there a few hundred years ago. If you go in the Saddle they have a few interesting local pics with narratives between the bar and the function room, if you've not seen them already.
In the large hall there is a trap door below which is a set of very worn stone steps which lead down to 4 vaulted cellars. Apparently there was a secret passagway that ran from the cellars & across to Storeton. In one of the cellar rooms there is a plinth shaped out of the sandstone & it is historically known as the Monks Bed. We have heard small snippets of the house's History but given it's age there must be lots more. We just can't seem to find anything.
I'm an archaeologist who used to live on the same road as the Hall. Prenton is quite an interesting area, as it is one of only a handful of Wirral mill sites mentioned in Domesday (another being at Bromborough). The mill site is known, and it's likely that the Hockenhull family owned the lands it was situated on. Prenton was also home to forested area in Domesday. This is not necessarily a forest as you would think now, but was an area of land that was not allowed to be fenced or restricted to allow game such as deer and boar to roam.
The estate was owned by Walter de Vernon at Domesday, who was one of William I's chums. Always wanted to undertake a geophysical survey at Prenton Farm Hall. I suspect that there will be evidence of a much earlier building within the grounds.
Thank you all for replies & information therein. Angie I will certainly try & get some pictures of the cellars & post them.We would love to find pictures & plans of what the original house used to iook like & also the plans for this present building as it is obvious that the layout was far diffrent than it is today & of course at one time it was all one house with next door Prenton Hall. Unfortunately we're new to this & wouldn't know where to look. We went to Birkenhead Library & asked there but they said they had nothing
Hi deano & greasby_lad & thank you both for your replies. they are much appreciated. deano I would love to see the baptismal records for the house owners please.I have the name Gaskell up to now but nothing else.
i WON A COMPETION AT SCHOLL TO GO TO YOUR HOUSE ALMOST 20 YEARS BACK. wE WERE TALKEN AROUND THE WHOLE PROPERTY AND TOLD STORIES ABOUT GHOSTS HAUNTING DIFFERENT ROOMS ETC. i CANT REMEMBER MUCH ABOUT IT NOW BUT FROM WHAT i CAN REMEMBER ITS A VERY NICE PLACE!
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Hi Sanchez, we had taechers from a local school visit us yesterday. They took photos of the cellars for the children to look at as they are working on a project of the History of Prenton. We were talking about the Monk that haunts next door & we were able to tell them about a sighting that my eldest son had here. He was sitting in the front living room & saw legs from the foot up to the knees walk past the living room door & towards what was once a door to the outbuldings at the back of the house. He said the legs looked to be wearing white stockings or gaitors. There are strange things that happen here, doors opening inexplicably, items being moved. My Son in Law was woken in the night by a voice right next to his face, needless to say he is very nervous when they stay over, as are other visitors who say there is a sinister atmosphere in some of the rooms A white dog has been seen in the hall when our dogs were outside. It all sounds really creepy I know, however I have never felt scared in the house even when I am here alone. I think it is LOVELY :0)
I don't know if this is of any help but I lived in Prenton Dell Road, from 1955 to 1969. We did not live in a big house like yourself but lived in No. 189, the last house on the corpoation estate. My brother,when he was about 9 years old, decided to explore an excavation in the pavement. The hole had been made by one of the Utility Companies, which one I can't remember. The hole had been excavated about 5ft down and straight down the outside face of your boundary wall. That said, he decided to do a bit of excavating himself. Under your wall! The side wall caved in and left a hole, which he entered. He found animal skulls( Birds and Large Mammals) and various other things( I can't remember what).I know what he found as I dragged him out of the hole worried that the wall would collapse and seal him in the underground room! These were laid out on a stone shelf within what looked like a tomb.By the way this was over 50 years ago. The Utility Company filled the hole in, that week, but someone reported it to the Birkenhead News that this 'Tomb' had been found. It was speculated that it was a Priest hole and tunnel that went to Storeton Hall. It might be worth looking at the Birkenhead News archives for more information!
So, you have a room or tunnel under your garden. This is approx. 20 feet past your front door towards Roman Rd.
Hi Cathy. My partner lived in Prenton Hall Farm in the early 80's in a top floor flat. A friend of his slept on the sofa one night but got really spooked when the sofa shook and he couldn't wait to get out of there!! Is it still flats? Also i have cleaned the property next door for the lady with the dogs and it was like going back in time. Fantastic!
Hi alidoodle, yes I beleive that the house was divided into flats at one time. It is just our family home now though. I can well imagine that happening o your partmer's friend too. Some very strange things do happen here !! :0)