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A curious corner of north Liverpool, Little Crosby village is perhaps the oldest continual Roman Catholic enclave in the country, the squires being the Blundell family who steadfastly refused to accept the Anglican church.

The village character has, remarkably, survived pretty much since those 17th century days when ‘there wasn’t a Protestant in it’. Even today, Protestant inhabitants must be ‘vetted’ by the local Squire before settling in of one of the 50 or so dwellings. Old feelings run deep, it seems, in Crosby.

Still, irrespective of faith, the Courtyard Cafe, Little Crosby Museum, and the gift shops of the Well Barn Stableyard can happily fill a few hours. Just don’t mention Henry VIII and you’ll probably be able to leave, too.

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