Caldy, Thurstaston & Heswall

Heswall: Eswelle (1086). Hazel Spring. From Old Norse hesli wælla. Haselwell 1190; Hosewall 1398; Weswall 1418
Caldy: Calders (1086). Cold hill or cold arse – referring to a hill name. From Old English cald-ears. Caldelrs 1136; Caldei 1182; Cawedy 1606.
Thurstaston:   Turstanetone (1086). Thorstein’s town. From Old Norse personal name Thurstan and tun Thorstanistona 1216; Thirstynton 1539.

Caldy Village


Winter on the hill

Heswall Armistice Day

Crosville going to Heswall

Lower Heswall


Heswall Station

Tom Evans


Gayton Mill Heswall
One recalls a tragic happening at Heswall one Sunday night in the
long ago. At the Wesleyan Chapel at the Slack, that big, leather-
lunged local preacher, Corlett, from Birkenhead, was in the pulpit
when a great storm arose. The rain came down in torrents; the light-
ning flashed, the thunder crashed in deafening peals. Corlett essayed
to go on with his sermon, but in vain. ‘It’s time for a man to stop when
God begins to speak,’ he exclaimed. And abruptly broke off.

Then a prayer-meeting was called, but still the thunder roared in a terrifying
fashion, and the water began to swirl in and flood the chapel. Those
who know ‘the Slack’ will understand with what facility the water
would pour in. Higher it rose, and all had to beat a hasty retreat. Corlett
did not get back to his home that night. The oldest villager
declared Heswall never had such a storm within recollection. The
men at the Chapel carried the women out on their backs.
written in 1925
A bit of motoring history from Thurstaston