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Launch of the Parkgate Heritage Trail

Author: Alan Passmore, Parkgate Society Published: 29th March 2016 08:39

A trail of heritage information plaques is to be officially launched later this week in Parkgate.

On Friday 1 April at 2.00 pm there will be a short ceremony in Mostyn Square, in front of St Thomas' Church, when the Mayor of Neston, Cllr Mike Shipman, and the Vicar of Neston, Rev Alan Dawson, will be asked to unveil a commemorative plaque which tells the story of Parkgate's well-loved ‘fishermen's church', which, after some years out of use, is now back at the heart of the community, thanks to their efforts to raise the necessary funds to restore the building.

Plaque commemorating Emma, Lady Hamilton

For some time the Parkgate Society have been promoting a Parkgate Heritage Trail, to enhance the image of the village, and the plaque is one of seven that have been commissioned by the Society in collaboration with Cheshire West and Chester Council, and with the support of Neston Town Council, to commemorate the various aspects of Parkgate's historic past.

The other premises to receive plaques at this stage are: Dover Cottage - for its connection with Emma, Lady Hamilton; Mostyn House - for its connection with Grenfell of Labrador; Balcony House - for its connection with the Georgian love for sea bathing; Seven Steps - for its connection with Parkgate's shipping era; the Old Watch House - for its connection with smuggling during that period; and (jointly) Pengwern and Sawyer's Cottage - for their connection with Parkgate's sea-faring days, the latter also being one of Parkgate's long lost public houses.

Details of the Parkgate Heritage Trail are given in the Society's publication of the same name, which is available from Mozkitos and Nicholl's Ice Cream Shop, Parkgate, and from the Society. Visit the Society's website: www.parkgatesociety.co.uk.

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