Where are the lost gardens of Thatto Heath?

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Ever heard of the lost gardens of Thatto Heath?

No, thought not. Now’s your chance to find out more about this fascinating aspect of local history.

To conclude Thatto Heath Library's centenary year – historian, Dr Tom Preston, will be giving a free talk at the library on Tuesday, January 19 at 2pm on ‘The lost gardens of Thatto Heath’.

The talk is being organised by St Helens Council.

In the middle of the 19th century, Thatto Heath briefly became a well-known destination for scenic beauty, music and dancing - attracting visitors from far and wide.

Step back in time and hear how local publican, Charles Whittle, created Victoria Gardens, an ornamental pleasure park on land close to his inn, The Engine, which hosted flower shows, dancing and a resident orchestra – and featured pleasant walking routes, grottos and greenhouses - as well as a dining room three times the size of Whittle’s pub.

Come along to find out more. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Thatto Heath Library on 01744 677842.