Visit Knowsley Hall & St Mary’s Church, Prescot, This September

By on Friday, September 4, 2015

prescot_parish_church_saint_mary_charles_greenNot one but two historic Prescot buildings will be opening their doors to visitors this September.

St Mary’s Church, which dates mostly to 1610 but has some parts going back to the Middle Ages, will open for Heritage Open Days from 11 to 13 September.

This magnificent Jacobean edifice is the borough of Knowsley’s only Grade I listed building.

Opening times are:

Friday 11 September 12 noon-3pm
Saturday 12 September 11am-3pm
Sunday 13 September 1pm-3pm

Entry is free, and you can walk around at your own leisure or ask a guide to show you around.

Key features include a stained-glass window designed by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones, a life-sized effigy of John Ogle, of Whiston Hall, and a stone font dating to Anglo-Saxon times.

KnowsleyHall3Later on in the month, nearby Knowsley Hall will be open exclusively to ticket-holders, between 21 and 25 September.

The majestic stately home, belonging to the Derby family, dates to the early Tudor period, and also features fine Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian interiors.

There will be a special exhibition in the Music Room, showing some of the most beautiful landscape paintings from the Derby Collection, pictures that are not usually on show. The fine works on display are by a range of Netherlandish, French and Italian Old Masters from the seventeenth century: Anthonie Delorme, Pieter Mulier and Gaspard Dughet.

Also to be exhibited will be a choice group of landscapes by British artists such as Daniel Turner, George Chinnery and Charles Towne, who spent much of his career in Liverpool.

Tickets are £12 per person and are available in advance from knowsleyhallvenue.co.uk.

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