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Speaker Meeting – Ken Pye

Croxteth Hall

Stately Homes of Liverpool – Ken Pye.

Sudley House

In this talk Ken describes the history of some of the Stately Homes of Liverpool, and of aristocrats who once owned much of the Liverpool and Merseyside area, and some who still do!  In particular, he talks about those great houses that still survive and are accessible to the public.

For more information about Ken Pye, please see his website.

If you are not  a member, but would like to attend or are interested in joining our Association, please complete our Contact Form.

Weird and Wonderful Liverpool, Zoom Talk by Ken Pye

Image of Ken Pye
Ken Pye, Weird and Wonderful Liverpool Zoom Talk
Ken Pye from Discover Liverpool

Ken Pye, a historian of all things Liverpudlian, has given several presentations to our Association. His talk, Weird and wonderful Liverpool, on 25th May covered some of the more unusual stories of Liverpool’s past.

Dr Solomon set up a practice in late 18th century Liverpool after purchasing a degree from Edinburgh University. He promoted his remedy ‘Balm of Gilead’ as a cure-all and through astute marketing it became very popular. Dr Solomon became extremely wealthy as a result and, upon his death, was buried in a magnificent tomb which sadly no longer exists. The main ingredient of the Balm was brandy so despite no medical efficacy probably did make people feel better.

The 18th century also saw the establishment of zoos as a form of entertainment and at one point there were seventeen in the Liverpool area. Liverpool Zoological Park survived into the 20th century and in the 1930’s one of it’s star attractions was Micky the chimp. He was used as a goal keeper, a task at which he was very successful. Micky was too successful and people started kicking the ball at him rather than trying to score. Eventually he’d had enough and made his escape. After throwing roof tiles at his pursuers he was finally cornered and shot. Micky’s body was stuffed and exhibited in Lewis’s Dept store until the building was bombed in the blitz. A very sad story.

It was surprising to learn that there are the remains of an Iron Age hill fort under the present city. Its inhabitants, the Brigantes, were fearsome people. Daubed in a blue woad dye they went naked into battle which successfully kept the invading Romans at bay.

An up to date trawl through the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ section of the Liverpool Echo provided some Liverpudlian humour, intended or otherwise. A traffic warden named his daughters Scarlet, Amber and Jade, but perhaps the character of Liverpool was revealed in a funeral announcement. A lady rang to give details of her husband’s funeral. The copy-taker informed her that she had one line left in the notice and after a moments thought the lady said ‘Car for sale, £1000 o.n.o. Apparently she sold the car.

Ken Pye’s light hearted delivery deserves a live audience but even via Zoom he conveys his affection for Liverpool and its inhabitants. A most entertaining talk.

For more interesting weird and wonderful Liverpool tales visit Discover Liverpool

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Article supplied by Richard Hughes

Weird and Wonderful Liverpool by Ken Pye

We are pleased to welcome back Ken Pye, a regular speaker at SoFA meetings, this time he will be entertaining our members via Zoom.

Please put this date in your calendar and look out for an email from SoFA with more details about this interesting talk and a link to join the Zoom meeting.

Ken Pye’s knowledge of the history and heritage of Liverpool is second-to-none. Under his personal branding of ‘Discover Liverpool‘, Ken is a frequent contributor to journals, magazines, and newspapers and is a respected local historian.

Buffalo Bill - SoFA Zoom Talk
Image of Buffalo Bill – Compliments of Ken Pye

‘Weird and Wonderful Liverpool’ is an introduction to the City’s eccentric but wonderful people, especially for people not from the area.

This talk is ideal for folk who do not know Liverpool well, or who simply wish to bask in true ‘Liverpudlian Life’.

A reminder email will be issued from us a couple of days prior to the event date.

We hope you can join us.

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