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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 22nd February, 2011)

St Thomas’ Church

St Thomas’ Church
Up Holland.

Photo: Dan Highton  (Canon EOS 500D)
Views: 5,125

Comment by: Ellen on 22nd February 2011 at 04:27

Thankyou Dan,for this; it's really nostalgic for me!

Comment by: Helen on 22nd February 2011 at 08:09

A very atmospheric photo...black & white pic always are.
Many's the time I have walked through that door, beautiful old church. I was always told that Dick Turpin was buried in the churchyard to the left ?

Comment by: Ellen M on 22nd February 2011 at 08:55

Lovely photo! Helen, there is a display in Skelmersdale Library at the moment about one John Lyon, Highway Man, buried here. Don't know about Dick Turpin though.

Comment by: mick on 22nd February 2011 at 09:07

Its not Dick Turpin Helen

Comment by: henry7 on 22nd February 2011 at 09:47

Fantastic photo, very atmospheric.

Comment by: Gareth on 22nd February 2011 at 10:14

It looks like a mesh protecting the window . A sad sign of the times.

Comment by: Helen on 22nd February 2011 at 13:25

Thanks Ellen, if I lived near I would pop into Skem Library & see the display !

As it is I will have read up on John Lyon in Wikipedia or 'Google' him !

Thanks to everybody else too....

Comment by: tricia on 22nd February 2011 at 14:00

I think the Highwayman buried at St Thomas's is GEORGE Lyon. His grave is near the far wall (at the top of the hill)not easy to spot.

Dick Turpin is buried in York. He was executed there for horse stealing. Some years ago , on a Bank Holiday short break we took a Bus Tour and his grave was pointed out to us.

Comment by: Jeannette on 22nd February 2011 at 14:01

What a charming, beautiful church. I would love to explore in and about. Thank you for submitting such a treasure.

Comment by: David on 22nd February 2011 at 14:28

An interesting account of a highwayman named George Lyon - executed 22 April 1815 - and buried in Upholland Churchyard, can be seen here:


Comment by: Helen on 22nd February 2011 at 16:24

Just looked at Wikipedia re George Lyon...it is really interesting, read it, it mentions places you WW's will know of, even in this day & age.
'Tawd Vale' is mentioned, wonder if that is the place I knew as a child as Tawd Bridge, between Holland Moor & Digmoor also would it mean what I think it might mean, The Old Bridge ?

Thanks everybody !

Comment by: Fred Mason on 22nd February 2011 at 19:44

Excellent photo, Dan. So impressive in B & W. Also some very good comments from all.

Comment by: gerald pilkington canada on 22nd February 2011 at 23:38

is that the church heading to upholland just passed abbey lakes

Comment by: Dan on 23rd February 2011 at 06:15

Thanks for the comments. @ Gerald, yes it's the church on the bend heading up towards the monument in Up Holland after you pass by Abbey Lakes

Comment by: maggie on 23rd February 2011 at 10:23

Although you cannot see it from this angle, this is one of the "ruins that Cromwell knocked about a bit" - one of the corners of the tower was knocked off in the Civil War & never replaced. Several members of my Mum's family are buried here.

Comment by: christine bishop on 23rd February 2011 at 22:34

it is alovely church , i have ancestors buried there , when doing family tree i was taken downstairs , stone winding steps , is thiswhere they sign when getting married asked , if they wish i was told , i wouldnt like to attempt it in a wedding dress , they are very winding and narrow

Comment by: Tony on 24th February 2011 at 20:34

My friend Anne Martland nee Whifield will love this!!! Anyone remember Anne Whitfield, from Up Holland 1960s

Comment by: Helen Baldwin on 24th February 2011 at 23:23

I also have ancestors buried here, my husband too. We intend to spend some time grave spotting here in the near future.

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