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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 30th May, 2022)



Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: Linma on 30th May 2022 at 06:38

The church of my youth.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 30th May 2022 at 08:17

Standish it may be but to those of us living further afield it would be nice to know a bit more than that Mick. Is that a gatehouse, church entrance, graveyard ??

Comment by: Poet on 30th May 2022 at 09:26

Helen , it is the entrance to St. Wilfrid's church yard . Built just after the First World War , it is known as the Peace Gate . Inside are plaques commemorating Standishers' killed in the conflict . I have seen old photos of it when it was first built and it looked a ghostly white in contrast to the church itself that dates back to 1554 . It now looks nearly as old .

In the foreground is the roof over the the Well in Market Square . It was rebuilt after an American lorry reversed into it in the second war .
My dad saw it happen .

Mick , I'm not sure how recent this picture is for those tubs have been tumbling with flowers for weeks and the Christmas lights are still on the tree .

Comment by: irene roberts on 30th May 2022 at 10:28

Yes, you're right, Poet, and the trees are bare. This isn't a recent photo but a nice one all the same. I like Standish and I find that part of it very picturesque.

Comment by: Abram Alice on 30th May 2022 at 11:18

I saw that Ince window cleaner yesterday afternoon and he was carrying a red bucket, so that photo cant have been a recent one as well.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 30th May 2022 at 12:42

Thank you Poet, it looks a nice area around the church...I have noticed St Wilfreds mentioned on WW , is it the church that has a leaning tower or steeple ... ?

Comment by: Veronica on 30th May 2022 at 13:01

They probably have a stockpile of photos Abram Alice, as the man on a bike has gone down Saarf.

Comment by: irene roberts on 30th May 2022 at 13:20

Helen, in case Poet doesn't see your question, it was St Catharine's in Scholes that had the leaning steeple but it has now been straightened. (I hope Poet doesn't mind my answering that).

Comment by: Julie on 30th May 2022 at 14:39

Looks a nice church, and the area looks lovely and clean and tidy to.

Comment by: Roy on 30th May 2022 at 15:37

Helen, i hope you don't mind me correcting you, but it is St Wilfrid's, Wilfrid being the saints name, Wilfred being a male Christian name.
Referring to the photo, i walk between the cross and the Christmas tree at least twice a day every day and i remember the lights being on the tree, but not lit, for quite a while after Christmas i would guess at least until the end of January, so the pic seems well out of date.

Comment by: Cyril on 30th May 2022 at 19:31

Irene, not many folk spell Catharine correctly with an a.

Veronica, I'd say the only ones gone saarf are the geese.

This was a good part of Standish with there at one time being seven pubs just a stones throw from one another, Standishers must have been pickled, I know the lads and I have been pickled a few times when doing the pubs around there, it was a good night out and a change from our locals.

Comment by: irene roberts on 30th May 2022 at 20:52

Thankyou Cyril....I don't know why I knew it was "St. Catharine's" rather than "St, Catherine's"....I think I must have just seen it on a notice-board when passing and it stuck. Also, my Dad always pronounced it it "St, Catha-rynes" rather than "St Catha-rins", although he was from Spring View and I don't know why he would have even mentioned a church in Scholes! Sadly, too late to ask him now. As a child, I also used to hear older people call it "St, Catterns".

Comment by: . Ozy . on 30th May 2022 at 23:09

Now there’s a relatively interesting subject for the pedants amongst us to peruse…. Steeple or spire ?..which is which ?

For my money, the pointy one would be a spire, whereas, the boxy shaped one,.. well I would call that a steeple.

That would make the former leany one at Birkett bank a spire, as opposed to a steeple.

I could be ill informed of course,…….it has been known to happen on occasions.

I’m of the understanding also that the religious type structure in Ormskirk ,…..that prominent building at the top of the brew just after Sainsbury’s or whatever…the one that a person can visit when overcome with a compunction to speak to God is furnished with both spire and steeple….so top that Wiggin!

Personally, I don’t see the necessity for either , as on the rare occasion that I feel the need to speak to God, I have my mobile phone at hand…and furthermore, I’m onto a good deal as It only costs me 1p a minute for calls.
It might cost God a little bit more for a voicemail, but that’s only to be expected, and he can’t be short of a few bob surely.

And if this is published, I’ll drop em’ and bare all outside Max Speilman’s.

Comment by: DTease on 31st May 2022 at 00:22

It would be more fun if you dropped em’ from the top of the spire/steeple Ozy!

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 31st May 2022 at 08:07

We are waiting with bated breath Ozy........

Comment by: Veronica on 31st May 2022 at 08:37

Put the unmentionables on a pole Ozy to fly in the wind. (So refreshing for them!)
I would say the ‘square one’ is a tower.

Comment by: DTease on 31st May 2022 at 09:36

Your audience awaits Ozy, pee or get off the pot!. Give us a date.

Comment by: Roy on 31st May 2022 at 09:58

Ozy, St Peter and St Paul Ormskirk has a TOWER and a SPIRE.
AND, Standish can top THEIR spire by 100ft or more.

Comment by: . Ozy . on 31st May 2022 at 13:21

Yeah, tower, that’s the word I was looking for.

Sorry DTease you’re too late. I went down there at 3am this morning and performed the act.

There wasn’t much of an audience at that time it has to be said, although I did get a round of applause from the guy in the sleeping bag outside Woolworths……unless it was the sound of my buttocks flapping in the wind.

Comment by: DTease on 31st May 2022 at 14:22

So you didn't see my camera peeping out of that sleeping bag then Ozy?
With a little Photoshopping, the photo turned out to be quite spectacular.

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