Literally a few yards outside of Lydiate, at the bottom of Bells Lane where the road takes a sharp right hand turn and becomes Altcar Lane in Great Altcar Civil Parish stands this house. The datestone goes back to 1596 and looks like this:-
The building has always interested me because of the date stone, so I’ve tried to find out a bit about it. Here are a couple of links that offer more information:-
You’ll need to scroll through a couple of pages of the 2nd link to find the relevant part.
A bit of history right on Lydiate’s doorstep and I’m guessing that as the name mentioned is Gore that there’s likely to be a family link to the Gore’s Charity which is for the benefit of Lydiate and still gives out grants even to this day. If I have made a wrong connection here please let me know and I will correct things.
Click on the lead photo (which is also on my Flickr Page at www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/) to enlarge it.
I suspect that this very old Lydiate charity is not that well known in the community as maybe it needs to be. I have blogged about it previously and a past posting is available via the link below:-
BTW I have seen the charity’s name spelled Gore or Goore and it is sometimes referred to as the Gores or Goores Trust.
It is now being run by the Community Foundation For Merseyside. Here’s a link to their web site:-
If you know any Lydiate (the charity does not cover Maghull) resident who could benefit from this charity – see the link above first to see what the benefits are – then why not let them know about Lydiate’s very own charitable trust and how it may be able to assist.
Cllr. Edie Pope is also a good contact for inquires, she can be reached via this e-mail address:-