A walk around Cronton’s Listed Buildings

Hello again people and pooches. Joe the Cocker here. On the edge of our borough is the village of Cronton. It used to be a Lancashire village but nowadays it comes under the control of Knowsley in Merseyside. The weather was nice for mid March and the big feller asked me if I wanted to go for a walk. I don’t need asking twice so, I sat in my bed waiting for my collar and lead. I suspected that we weren’t simply going for a walk, as my human had been looking at his laptop for quite some time before we left. I was right. We were going to explore a local village. Off we went, to Cronton to search out its Listed Buildings. Cronton has a history of making watch parts and movements along with a legacy of coalmining. Today it is a quiet village with a mix of the old and new blending together.

The Village Stocks

It was only a short drive across town to our parking spot on the roadside, close to the village stocks. We jumped out of the car, crossed the road, then walked into the small garden containing the Grade II Listed stocks. The village stocks are unusual as they have five leg holes!? The medieval posts are original but, the wooden parts are replacements made in 2007. Petty criminals were made to sit on a bench behind the stocks, with their legs locked through the holes. Villagers would throw insults and rotten fruit at the criminals, who were usually drunkards. After a good sniff around I left the garden with my human to head north along Smithy Lane.

Cronton Cross

Only a short walk took us to Cronton Cross on the junction with Hall Lane. It is not so much a cross nowadays, as the actual cross head is missing, it is more a monument. It is claimed that the Grade II Listed structure was a stopping point for funeral processions on their way to Farnworth Chapel. The age of the cross is unknown but, reference to repairs in 1734 have been documented.

Cronton Cross plaque

We crossed the road to follow Hall Lane around a narrow dangerous (for pooches) with another Grade II Listed Building on our right. Town End Farmhouse is a beautiful red sandstone and half-timber building. It is the oldest building in the village with a datestone stating 1705.

Town End Farmhouse

On the roadside is a horse mounting block that indicates a slower pace of life before the road was used by cars and lorries.

Town End Farmhouse with roadside horse mount

After taking a few photographs we returned to Cronton Cross and continued on along Hall Lane. On our left we came to Cronton Hall. Although the hall is not listed the gate piers and gates are Grade II Listed.

Gate Piers and Gates at Cronton Hall

Our next visit was to Sunnyside Farm, further along Hall Lane. Built in the 18th century it is now a Grade II Listed Building. One of its walls is still made from wattle and daub.

Sunnyside Farmhouse
Sunnyside Farmhouse – front

We plodded on until we came to a village park called The Pasture. It was completely empty so, it was my chance to burn off some Cocker energy. The large green area was saturated with the recent rains. So, lots of puddles and plenty of mud. It was my kind of place. So, while I was preoccupied with getting as mucky as possible, the big feller was peering through the bushes at an old house. He worries me sometimes. He was acting like a Peeping Tom. The building that was fascinating him was another Grade II, called The Field. The cottage dates back to 1740. It is a simple brick building with a slate roof in lawned gardens. By the time that we left the Pasture, I was filthy as was my dads trainers. Happy as a pig in muck! Well, I was anyway.

The Field

We headed back to the car so that we could drive to the other two listed buildings in the area. The two buildings were too far apart for the big feller to be walk to on this day because he was complaining about his knee. So, when we were back at the car I jumped straight in with my muddy paws much to my dads distain. The next place on our list was near to the top of Pex Hill, a place that we visited last week.

Wayside being rebuilt

Wayside is another Grade II but is in a derelict condition. It is in the process of being rebuilt. It was originally built in the 17th century but has later alterations. The building appears to need extensive repairs.

Redmyre

After we had finished walking on Pex Hill we jumped back into the car to drive back home. On our way back we had a brief stop opposite the last of the Grade II Listed Buildings in the Cronton area. It is an 18th century building formerly known as Holly Farmhouse, in Chapel Lane. It is a lovely, well maintained house on a fairly busy road. It was a pleasant couple of hours on a cold and sunny afternoon walking around a pretty village. Till next time!

6 thoughts on “A walk around Cronton’s Listed Buildings

  1. A lovely walk around Cronton…many years ago there was a cottage industry .the people made watch parts for watch makers at Prescott. I think that correct

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