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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 29th January, 2015)

St James' Church

St James' Church
St James' Church, Poolstock, from the southeast.

Photo: Brian  (Sony Cybershot DSC-H200)
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Comment by: Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 29th January 2015 at 00:17

That picture really means something to me. My parents were married there in 1934, and I buried their ashes there in the Garden of Remembrance after they passed away.

Thank you for the memories, Brian. A well-taken photo.

Comment by: M.O.T. on 29th January 2015 at 00:25

Thanks for this photo Brian. It is 53 years since I left Poolstock, but the church will always hold a special place in my heart, as I was christened there, confirmed there and married there almost 56 years ago. I attended Sunday School there and eventually became a Sunday School teacher. Wonderful memories. Many thanks.

Comment by: Garry on 29th January 2015 at 08:01

Nice shot Brian, well done.

Comment by: Mick on 29th January 2015 at 08:14

A few years ago I went to this church on a special request for a woman called Mags, she said her relatives owned a boat yard on the canal in Wigan and they presented the church with a carved framed mirror with a canal boat on it.
I asked the woman vicarette could I have a look around and eventually I found the wooden framed mirror up in the bell ringing tower.
Carved on it besides the canal boat was the words Ring out the false, and Ring in the true.

Comment by: irene roberts on 29th January 2015 at 09:29

I don't know Poolstock but it looks a lovely church.

Comment by: Giovanni on 29th January 2015 at 10:48

Great shot Brian.
The church looks so clean and tidy.
When was it built and consecrated?

Comment by: ann 21 on 29th January 2015 at 11:27

Brian I love these old buildings. It's marvellous how they managed to build them without the tools they have now.

Comment by: Mags on 29th January 2015 at 11:34

Mick, I still have all the photos you took in the family albums Keep meaning to give the victor a ring to see if there is a possibility of rescuing the mirror from the bell tower if it's just gathering dust

Comment by: Mick on 29th January 2015 at 12:08

Mags if Im passing and the church door is open I will go in and ask for you.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 29th January 2015 at 12:13

Very nice Brian.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 29th January 2015 at 13:53

Mags, given the inscription on the mirror - Ring out the false, and Ring in the true - it is highly likely that the mirror was meant to be associated with the bells, and so may well be highly appreciated where it is.
Also, if the mirror is on the church's official Inventory, it is difficult to remove it from the building. You need what is called a Faculty before you can place an object in a church - and then you need another one to remove or change it. That takes time and money.
It would be good to see a pic of such an unusual-sounding article. Which family gave the mirror to the church? I'm sure local canal historians would love to know more about this.

Comment by: Mags on 29th January 2015 at 13:56

Thanks Mick, if you look at some of the boards with bell ringers names on, there were one or two Forshaws s on them. Maybe that why it said a Ring out with the false etc. on the boat mirror.

Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh. on 29th January 2015 at 21:42

Nice shoot Brian, its like a miniature Parish Church , I wonder if that was by design?

Comment by: Roy on 30th January 2015 at 00:40

Tom, i don't think it's a miniature of the Parish church, i would say St James is bigger.

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