Volunteers of The Sandstone Ridge are currently working on all sorts of desk top initiatives, one of which relates to the rock-cut garden and park features; previously observed during various field visits.
There is a pattern of caves, follies and alcoves along old panoramic walks that probably dates back to the eighteenth century and which deserves to be recognised and better understood.
There might be particular volunteers who have a specific interest in this topic or have seen other similar features that could be incorporated in a useful review.
Similarly, members of our wider Sandstone Ridge community might have information that we have yet to record and/or investigate.
If this is the case, then please let us know using the 'Contact Us' button which is located top right on the Home Page — we would love to hear from you.
Our images show 'Jacob's ladder', a postcard which appears in a collection of old picture postcards relating to Frodsham (northern gateway to The Sandstone Ridge), together with the Caves at Overton Hills near Frodsham (apologies for the poor quality).
- The steps are natural and derive their name from Jacob's dream of a ladder which was a biblical reference to a 'stairway to heaven'. The Edwardian ladies/girls are at the top of Dunsdale.
- The caves are just off the Manley Road, and though ancient, are not natural. The pillars are of Keuper sandstone, and the sand was used for spreading on cottage floors. The last person to sell sand was Billy Tweedle (circa 1895). At the rear of the caves are three or four steps which lead to a flat platform which is known at 'The Pulpit' CLICK HERE.
Don't forget to look at our 'Beneath the Ridge' section of the Website for some fascinating insights into The Ridge CLICK HERE.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Click on each image to enlarge, accepting the poor quality of these old postcards.