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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 16th March, 2021)

The Rear Window

The Rear Window
This window is at the rear of St Elizabeth’s Church, Aspull. I know nothing about building but, I don’t need to know about the building to admire the skill, talent and effort that went in to creating this window. The mixture of brick, stone and glass is superb.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Mick on 16th March 2021 at 06:44

The roof slates and the hinges on the doors are nice as well.

Comment by: Anne on 16th March 2021 at 07:40

A striking picture Dennis. You're quite right about the combination of materials.

Comment by: Beryl on 16th March 2021 at 08:20

It would be even more wonderful to see it from the inside, maybe when we can go back into churches ..... yes

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 16th March 2021 at 08:25

That really is beautiful. I have never been in that church but was round the back of the church some years ago with a friend who was looking for a family grave. As I was looking down searching for a name on the gravestones I didn't look up and missed this. I'm glad to have seen it now. Thankyou, Dennis.

Comment by: Veronica on 16th March 2021 at 08:55

The craftsmanship of the window is beautiful. I imagine being inside with the sun shining through will be jaw dropping. The effect inside the church is far nicer than outside. It's what makes a church a church as far as I'm concerned. I suppose modern churches couldn't afford the cost of installing stained glass windows these days.

Comment by: Mick on 16th March 2021 at 09:07

Irene you should always look up.
Ive just found this amazing historical video I made a few years ago around Aspull and it shows the fancy doors hinges @ 2.30 that I was on about.

https://youtu.be/IS7nm_I91o0 just copy and paste this bit

Comment by: Gary on 16th March 2021 at 09:11

This is my family church, pointed and renovated about four years ago. When being built in the 1870s the money ran out - thus it does not have a north transept.
It is high Victoriana in the interior and the stained glass quietly impressive. I was unable to tend to the family graves in 2019 and have been stymied by Covid restrictions since.
In normal times, I suspect it is one of the most visited church yards anywhere in the UK. Alas, when we had my mother's funeral there in 2004 the priest in charge told me the congregation was around 25. Hope it has grown in the latter years.

Comment by: Veronica on 16th March 2021 at 09:24

Although it's a very plain brick building and not the nicest for a church, that window lifts it from mediocrity. As if most of the expense went into the window.

Comment by: Julie on 16th March 2021 at 09:53

Lovely Dennis.

Comment by: Rainh on 16th March 2021 at 10:59

Does anyone know the mechanics of how this was put in place?
Was it done from the outside to the centre? Did it have a backing board or frame at the back. Was it made in sections on the ground and hoisted up? If you know I would be interested to hear. I think this is classed as a round window, not a rose window but could be wrong. Great to see such skill close up . Amazing workmanship if you've done brickwork yourself. Thank you for posting Dennis such an excellent picture.

Comment by: Edna on 16th March 2021 at 11:38

Another beautiful church, and the windows inside are stunning, thank you Dennis.Like you say Gary, I hope the congregation has increased after this pandemic.All churches are in dire need of more people.

Comment by: lock lass on 16th March 2021 at 12:53

Lovely picture Dennis. Both my parents are buried in the Churchyard of St. Elizabeth's and I have always found it to be a very lovely peaceful place to be. I have often stopped and admired this window when visiting their grave.

Comment by: Cyril on 16th March 2021 at 13:42

Fred Dibnah's Magnificent Monuments S1, E3. Places of Worship, though this episode is not about this church it still may be of interest to you Rainh.


Comment by: Irene Roberts on 16th March 2021 at 13:42

Mick, I am very proud of myself as I actually managed to copy and paste your video....I am not the most technical of people! It was lovely and I see what you mean about the door hinges on the church. Thankyou.

Comment by: Tonkington-Smythe on 16th March 2021 at 14:16

Rainbow, a template would be made of the outline. The brickwork done first, up to the top of the form. Then the centre stone millions would be done around templates. Then the construction completed to roof level. The glasswork would be done last.

Comment by: Mick on 16th March 2021 at 16:42

Irene Im glad you managed it, did you noticed the old air raid shelters, that were under the Dicconson Lane Mill

Comment by: rainh on 16th March 2021 at 16:56

Brilliant Tonk , thanks Cyril , I will have a look .
As soon as I posted I realised it could be done bottom up . No idea where my brain was going.
Cheers chaps , much appreciated .

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 16th March 2021 at 17:21

Yes I did see those, Mick, and there was a list of suggested videos down the side of the screen and one was a 20-minute video of a man whose house is a shrine to the 1940s. It was fascinating and he was such a lovely man. I would never have known it was there if I hadn't viewed your Aspull film, so a double Thankyou!

Comment by: Tonkington-Smythe on 16th March 2021 at 18:03

rainh, I posted that off my i-phone, at work, whilst having a cupof tea and a biscuit. Hence the "Rainbow" and the "millions".
The correct words should have been "rainh" and "mullions", but that i-phone knows better than me!

Comment by: Elizabeth on 16th March 2021 at 19:41

Lovely church inside,some plain brick wall and beautiful red glass incense holders.My maternal grandparents and other family members buried here,as well as my Mum.

Comment by: Tonkington-Smythe on 16th March 2021 at 21:42

Copy and Paste .......


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