In previous posts, I’ve discussed my research on the West Kirby hogback between 2014 and 2017. Last month, as part of my level 5 (2nd-year) Medieval Britain module, I revisited both the fabulous early medieval 10th-century ‘hogback’ recumbent stone monument in St Bridget’s church.

As well as explaining the monument to the students, it gave us the all-important opportunity for a hogback-selfie!

We also got to explore the fabulous West Kirby Museum – usually open only Saturdays 10am-1pm – and see a fabulous range of later medieval architectural and funerary sculpture. Most importantly for our purposes, the museum contains fragments of early medieval crosses too.

I’m also delighted that University of Chester MRes student Roger Lang was able to visit with the second-year group: in agreement with the church, he will now be conducting a digital photogrammetry model of the hogback to share with the church and online!


Thanks to the Museum and Church for facilitating our visit! If you are interested in the early medieval period on the Wirral, including the Viking Age, this museum and church are well worth a detailed exploration.