Photo-a-Day (Wednesday, 12th August, 2020)
St James with St Thomas, Poolstock
Photo: Andrew Fishburn (Canon EOS 5D)
Thank you for that lovely photo.
My parents were married in that church in the early 1930's and their ashes are buried in the Garden of Remembrance.
Because of my age (84) and the Covid pandemic restrictions, I am unlikely to ever visit the church again. So sad. Thank you for helping my memory, Andrew.
The clock at st Peter's Hindley had some restoration work done on the four faced clock some months ago, the clock now is never the right time .
Very interesting Andrew.
The lady vicar once let me go up to the tower, I was looking for a old mirror carved by Mayors boatyard which had a canal boat on it, it was still there.
I also saw a old book that had been signed by groups of visiting bell ringers from other churches
I love old churches, beautiful inside and outside. At their best against the skyline .
A well composed photo.
In the early 60s this was one of the popular churches for weddings in the old Wigan Observer columns. It was far from alone. I seem to recall the exotically named Mount Zion Methodist Church.
Wedding "days" today are hugely expensive affairs in "venues" - usually converted manor houses or purpose built constructions. Prices are eye-watering.
It is possible (or was) to have the ceremony under water, with snorkels, in Florida.
A very fine photo Andrew.
Good to see the clock illuminated again. It is the church's WW1 Memorial - accompanied by a marble tablet bearing the names of the fallen, and a bronze plaque recording the dedication, which are on the North wall of the nave.
Inside the tower is another, quite rare, memorial - to Gunner J Ainsworth - which was erected in his memory by fellow bell ringers.
I expect the clock repairers had to contend with a few tons of pigeon droppings up there....
Nice post, Mick.
That's lovely. I am not a church-goer, I admit, but I love churches. This looks lovely in the dusk and I always think churches look lovely in Spring, too, when there are daffodils in the grounds. A very pleasing photo.
Stunning picture of this church
Nice one mate - long time no see - good to see you're in action!
Worked on the copper roofing on the clock tower in the early sixties also on the side transept that was also copper unusual because most churches are lead.
Beautiful church this,the clock looks lovely little up.Thank you for photo Andrew.
Mick, that church doesn't have a vicar, it has a parish priest.
Vicar, Parish Priest. they all look the same to me, all I know she was a woman
If she was a woman it wouldn't have been a Parish Priest...a vicar yes.
In the Church of England the title of Vicar (and Rector) describes the post which a priest holds as the Incumbent of a Parish. Incumbents have legal title to the 'Living' for as long as they hold the position - it used to be for life, until retirement ages came in, and there have been other employment status changes since which alter the terms of tenure. The last Incumbent, or Vicar, of St James with St Thomas was indeed a woman.
When Parishes are undergoing changes to boundaries, or being linked with other Parishes, the Living would be suspended when a Vicar left - and a Priest-in-Charge would be appointed. This has been the process in Wigan whilst fundamental organisational changes have been taking place.
Whatever the status - Vicar/ Rector, or Priest-in-Charge - they are all Parish Priests - and the terms obviously apply equally to women and men.
Thanks for clearing that up Rev. I hope I can remember it all if that question comes up on Who Want to be a Millionaire
But not in the Catholic Church Reverend as you more than likely know. Way behind everybody else. .i can't see it changing although they are allowed to do a Eucharistic Service on the priest's day off.
I believe St James'church has joined St Pauls in creating a larger area with one priest covering both, or more?
George, are you sure? Because St. Pauls, in Goose Green, is Evangelical (which is protestantism) and St. James, Poolstock, is Catholic (Anglican, not Roman).
That said, they are both C of E although of different variation.
I'm sure St. James, Poolstock, is a protestant church but I could be wrong.
You are wrong John (Get down Shep)
James, I wish I had a pound for every time someone has said that to me.