Vale Royal

Immediately after the tournament the Prince travelled north, nominally to visit the new abbey at Vale Royal in the Weaver valley and to have discussions with the marcher lords at Chester.

60/Wirral/vale royal/1925 The forest of Vale Royal is shown in green and that of the Wirral in tangerineIn practice he hunted deer; from the hunting lodge at Rocksavage, at the junction of the junction of the Weaver and Mersey rivers, and on the Wirral Peninsula, which lies between the Mersey and the Dee.  Delamere is shown in Green and the forest of wirral in Tangerine.


60/Wirral/The islands/1926 The islands are off the north west corner of the peninsula

The hunt on the Wirral which brings the Prince into contact with John Stanley is centred around the islands at the mouth of the Dee.

John Stanley’s father was the forester for the area and lived on the Wirral. Lord James was a relative of John’s and a good friend of the Prince. Lord James became John’s first mentor.

60/Wirral/Hilbre/556 The islands are clearly visible from the mainland.

The island are clearly visible from the mainland. The beach itself will not have changed much since  the time of the hunt.

60/Wirral/Route/557 It is still possible to walk to the islands at low tide. This sign is from the beach at West Kirby

Today the area is a birdwatchers paradise. it is still possible to walk to the islands at low tide. There is some risk involved and local knowledge is useful. Teenagers ( and some older people) don’t mind being trapped by the tide.

This sign is from the beach at West Kirby

60/Wirral/Willal from Hilbre/558 This is the view from the islands looking back towards the peninsula.

This is what John and the Prince would have seen as the climbed into the tiny boat to make the return trip.

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