MEMBERS of Widnes Historical Society have been out and about recently viewing sites across the Mersey in Liverpool.

First on the itinerary was a morning visit to the ancient Chapel of Toxteth.

This chapel was built in 1618 by Puritans who had settled in Toxteth Park.

The park was previously a royal hunting ground and inside the chapel is a framed signature of King John, who famously signed the Magna Carta at Runnymede in 1215.

The chapel itself was favoured by dissenters who wished to move away from the Church of England.

Members of the society enjoyed their visit and would highly recommend it to others thinking of making the trip.

In the afternoon, the group turned their attentions to Sudley House for a welcome lunch and to exploring the treasures on display in the Hall.

This was the former residence of George Holt, who founded the Holt Shipping Line in 1866.

As one of the UK’s largest ship operating companies, the line ran for 122 years and played a significant role in the country’s overseas trade during the First and Second World Wars.

After retiring, Holt started his magnificent collection of paintings and artefacts, which are still housed in Sudley House.

Widnes Historical Society meet on the first Friday of each month at Farnworth C of E School.

New members are always welcome, and can call 0151 424 4981 for more details.