Like many towns in the area, Crosby's roots are Viking, but much of the present-day town is characterised by elegant Regency buildings. These can be attributed to the wealthy local merchants who built the town's terraces and crescents in the 18th and 19th centuries. The town as it stands today is the successor to the original hamlet of Little Crosby, which lies around one mile inland. The southern end of Crosby's sandy beach is home to the Crosby Marina Club, which offers sailing lessons for beginners. Swimmers should beware though: the strong currents here coupled with the shipping lanes close by given the proximity of the Mersey make the Crosby Channel a hazardous place for swimmers.
Crosby's beach has a unique art installation spread over 3 kilometers of the foreshore called Another Place. The work of Antony Gormley, it consists of 100 life-size, cast-iron figures stretching almost one kilometer out to sea. The sculptures were originally displayed in various locations on continental Europe before settling in Crosby, where they look set to stay. As I sit typing up this piece many parts of the country are being battered by the worst storm for decades. I've been wondering how the Crosby sculptures are bearing up, and I am pleased to report that I have just seen a photograph of one of them on the Liverpool Echo website standing defiantly facing the incoming waves. Let's hope they all survive the tempest.
Map of the area.
|Photo by WillDaviess, via Wikimedia Commons|