Photo-a-Day (Tuesday, 22nd February, 2011)
St Thomas’ Church
Thankyou Dan,for this; it's really nostalgic for me!
A very atmospheric photo...black & white pic always are.
Many's the time I have walked through that door, beautiful old church. I was always told that Dick Turpin was buried in the churchyard to the left ?
Lovely photo! Helen, there is a display in Skelmersdale Library at the moment about one John Lyon, Highway Man, buried here. Don't know about Dick Turpin though.
Its not Dick Turpin Helen
Fantastic photo, very atmospheric.
It looks like a mesh protecting the window . A sad sign of the times.
Thanks Ellen, if I lived near I would pop into Skem Library & see the display !
As it is I will have read up on John Lyon in Wikipedia or 'Google' him !
Thanks to everybody else too....
I think the Highwayman buried at St Thomas's is GEORGE Lyon. His grave is near the far wall (at the top of the hill)not easy to spot.
Dick Turpin is buried in York. He was executed there for horse stealing. Some years ago , on a Bank Holiday short break we took a Bus Tour and his grave was pointed out to us.
What a charming, beautiful church. I would love to explore in and about. Thank you for submitting such a treasure.
An interesting account of a highwayman named George Lyon - executed 22 April 1815 - and buried in Upholland Churchyard, can be seen here:
Just looked at Wikipedia re George Lyon...it is really interesting, read it, it mentions places you WW's will know of, even in this day & age.
'Tawd Vale' is mentioned, wonder if that is the place I knew as a child as Tawd Bridge, between Holland Moor & Digmoor also would it mean what I think it might mean, The Old Bridge ?
Thanks everybody !
Excellent photo, Dan. So impressive in B & W. Also some very good comments from all.
is that the church heading to upholland just passed abbey lakes
Thanks for the comments. @ Gerald, yes it's the church on the bend heading up towards the monument in Up Holland after you pass by Abbey Lakes
Although you cannot see it from this angle, this is one of the "ruins that Cromwell knocked about a bit" - one of the corners of the tower was knocked off in the Civil War & never replaced. Several members of my Mum's family are buried here.
it is alovely church , i have ancestors buried there , when doing family tree i was taken downstairs , stone winding steps , is thiswhere they sign when getting married asked , if they wish i was told , i wouldnt like to attempt it in a wedding dress , they are very winding and narrow
My friend Anne Martland nee Whifield will love this!!! Anyone remember Anne Whitfield, from Up Holland 1960s
I also have ancestors buried here, my husband too. We intend to spend some time grave spotting here in the near future.