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St Mary's church, Spring View, 1975.
Photo: adam gore
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Item #: 7406
its is a good church

Comment by: sam winstanley on 24th September 2008 at 11:54

good pic adam

Comment by: Mick on 24th September 2008 at 13:04

Yes, nice photo. If I remember rightly, St Mary's was demolished early in 1979.

Comment by: JB on 24th September 2008 at 13:57

Whereabouts in Spring View was this church Adam ?

Comment by: ellen on 24th September 2008 at 15:54

this church was where the new estate is ,on the left hand side over the bridge

Comment by: RON on 24th September 2008 at 15:57

I got married at that church in 1973. Only seems like yesterday. I wish it was tomorrow................

Comment by: Ruth on 24th September 2008 at 21:11

It was a lovely church. There are more pics of this lovely building in 'places' in the photos section. Now there is a very large housing estate being built on the site. It was just over the bridge past Ince cemetery on the left-hand side going into Spring View. Although on a much smaller scale St.Mary's church is now on the site of the old St.Mary's day school.

Comment by: Broady on 24th September 2008 at 23:24

I travelled through Ince for years going to school and then work but I couldn't remember where the Church was situated. It is a very good picture.

Comment by: peter on 24th September 2008 at 23:36

didnt it get pulled down because of mining subsidence?
i take it they have solved the mining subsidence problem then with putting a great big housing estate on it

Comment by: Rev. David Long on 26th September 2008 at 21:35

It is a good 'Church' - St Mary's is still going strong after moving into the former school 30 years ago, in August 1978. The building, however, though it looks like a good church, had been giving maintenance problems for most of its life, as the records show - and as the iron tie-bars visible across the windows bear evidence. Sad it had to go, and even sadder that too much of its original fixtures were lost in the move to the new building, but I doubt if the Parish could have survived very long if it had had to continue trying to maintain the building.

Comment by: peter on 26th September 2008 at 23:04

it was a fantastic building inside
if memory serves, the brickwork was bare inside.
i was christened there in 1949 and was confirmed there by Bishop stuart Blanche in 1968.
lovely memories of a beautiful church

Comment by: edward on 27th September 2008 at 11:00

All my family went to the church where are the records on the church kept.

Comment by: Andrew on 28th September 2008 at 15:51

Before the church was demolished a special service was held where the joint choirs of St Mary's, St Nathaniel's Platt Bridge and Abram St John (I think!)combined to form a 'mass' choir. It was a great occasion. One of the anthems we sang was 'O Thou The Central Orb' which is normally sung by Cathedral Choirs. I wish I had a recording but sadly I haven't as the singing was superb. I think someone called Donald Corns was the conductor for the special occassion assisted bt Stan Greenwood. Anyone out there also in the 'big choir' like me?

Comment by: glenda on 6th October 2008 at 10:35

It was a landmark in Spring vIew, I did my confirmation and I also got married there in '71, the vicar was then rev. Wagstaff. It's a pity it got pulled down because of mining subsidence.

Comment by: Alan on 29th November 2008 at 20:45

It`s good to see so many people have fond memories of the old St.Mary`s. The present church is on the left side of the road just beyond the cemetary gates & has some of the original stained windows & a few fittings. We ars still going strong.

Comment by: julie on 5th March 2009 at 09:55

thanks for the pic adam brought back happy childhood memories i grew up on warrington road and remember sitting in the old wagon works at dusk waiting for the bats to come out of the church tower

Comment by: jedan on 10th March 2009 at 11:41

i remember the church very well.i used to go to sunday school there.i was also in the choir.i used to live in spring view.when we were kids we used to play in,what was called the graveyard.a little piece of land at the back of the well as bieng in the church lads brigade.blowing my bugle,not trumpet.

Comment by: K Connah on 22nd January 2013 at 22:50

I loved st Mary's church got married there I didn't go to church a lot but when I did it always took my breath away was sad they pulled it down.

Comment by: K Connah on 22nd January 2013 at 22:54

I loved st Mary's church got married there I didn't go to church a lot but when I did it always took my breath away was sad they pulled it down.

Comment by: Jimmy Edwards on 3rd November 2013 at 15:25

Our House was about the right hand side of the photo 297 Warrington Rd. Andrew,Donald Cornes lived across the road from us ( see St Mary's Chior) Julie,spent many a happy day playing in Wagon Works,Emily,same goes for Church Yard .Sad to see all them houses gone replaced by (expensive tacky new houses ) were Ainscow st used to be .

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