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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 15th September, 2023)

St. John's

St. John's
Saint John The Baptist, Chapel St, New Springs.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Irene Roberts on 15th September 2023 at 08:14

I don't think I've ever seen this church as I don't know New Springs very well, but what a neat and tidy building and churchyard, obviously well maintained. A nice photo, Dennis.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 15th September 2023 at 09:18

The white cross in front of the tower is a generic War Memorial - the church's WW1 Memorial is its reredos and panelling behind the high altar, with an accompanying board on a wall nearby bearing the names carved in Celtic script. The WW2 Memorial is simpler - a board with the names incised in Celtic script attached below the WW1 board. In the Lady Chapel there is also a Roll of Honour covering both Wars which used to be in the Ex-Servicemen's Club on Cale Lane - now demolished.
I don't know when the cross here was erected - but at the time of the WW1 centenary there was an increase in a move for communities to create additional War Memorials outside, and sometimes away from, those confined within churches.

Comment by: Garry on 15th September 2023 at 09:56

It's just round the corner from Cale Lane, Irene. Not far where Harveys bakery used to be.
Great photo Dennis.

Comment by: Edna on 15th September 2023 at 10:13

Is this In Cale Lane, Dennis. It looks a lovely church. Very nice photo.

Comment by: Irene Langton on 15th September 2023 at 10:28

Got married there 53 years ago by Rev Roger Job.

Comment by: Veronica on 15th September 2023 at 13:21

A very attractive building. So well maintained probably down to the loyal churchgoers. Most churches rely on the volunteers who give up their time to keep things going.

Comment by: Cyril on 15th September 2023 at 16:08

Been looking on Google Street Views with it being around thirty years since I was last around there, and a lot of houses have since been built with new street names I didn't know, especially on the woodyard and the bakery sites.
New Springs was another of those strong communities like how Scholes, Wallgate and Ince were, and whose many houses also got demolished in the senseless era by the then council in their quest of trying to erase the town's mining past and its image of flat caps and whippets.

Comment by: Broady on 16th September 2023 at 06:36

Will make a nice Mosque in the next few years. Not much alteration needed.

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