Mayer Hall exists to ensure Joseph Mayer’s (1803-1886) remarkable vision of supporting the education and wellbeing of the community continues.
To the Wirral, Mayer brought a free library, a public park, water and gas services, as well as providing funding for a village hospital, initiating sports clubs and allotments, and funding and commanding the 4th Cheshire Rifles (see Joseph Mayer Trust). Although most libraries until the late 1850s were subscription only, and school was not made compulsory for children until 1880, Mayer’s foresight led him to establish a free, public library in 1866. The library was so successful that 20 years later, it had over 1,000 volumes and 2,250 daily readers (Liverpool Mercury, 20 Jan 1886). Despite his achievements as a successful businessman and philanthropist, Mayer remained humble and approachable. At his retirement party (after 50 years as a tradesman) it was noted by those in attendance:
Mayer’s ongoing, committed support for the community was further established through his legacy, wherein he gave the park and buildings to the community for their use.
The Joseph Mayer Community Partnership are committed to saving the buildings (Mayer Hall and the Old Library/Clock Tower Building) and continuing Mayer’s vision of supporting the community through education and wellbeing opportunities.
We do this by:
- Running free or low-cost activities for the community in Mayer Hall and Park (with the Friends of Mayer Park)
- Looking after Mayer Hall and renting it out to local groups and small businesses
- Renting the Hall for private functions
- Raising funds for the upkeep and improvements to the buildings
- Taking steps to restore the Old Library/Clock Tower building, which has been neglected since 1971.
Help us continue Mayer’s vision and volunteer, attend or contribute today.