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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 18th March, 2016)

St Stephen's


St Stephen's
St Stephen's Church, Balcarres Avenue, Whelley.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Sony HDR)
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Comment by: A.W. on 18th March 2016 at 08:39

A nice view of a quaint church and it's good to see the English flag flying!

Comment by: Johnny on 18th March 2016 at 09:53

A good pic Mick!
What denomination is this church?
I must have driven past it without noticing!

Comment by: Vb on 18th March 2016 at 11:52

If I remember it is tucked away from the main road. There is many years of grime on the stone work. It would look a lot better if the stone could be cleaned. It looks as if it would be a honey colour. As kids we used to ramble around there and I think there was a path which led near to the 'Camel's Hump'. That was in the days when children had more freedom to explore!

Comment by: david on 18th March 2016 at 12:32

C of E.

Comment by: DerekB on 18th March 2016 at 14:36

Vb - Camel's Hump!!! That brings back some memories. I expect you would wander down behind St. Stephen's (Balcarres Ave wasn't built until the mid sixties) and then across Moore St. by Winnard's dairy and then part way down the path that led to the Duggie with Camel's Hump to your left.

Comment by: Vb on 18th March 2016 at 16:00

Thats right Dereck B and I have never been that way since the late 50s!!!! We always played on the Camel's Hump rolling down to the bottom! I believe it is all built up now....I wouldn't know it now I don't suppose! Happy,carefree times. Wasn't Whelley School near Moore St? We went there from St Pats for cookery lessons.

Comment by: DerekB on 18th March 2016 at 21:07

Vb - part of Whelley School was on Moore St. For several years it was the Council Tax offices and there is now housing on the site. As you mention, there is also housing on what we knew as Camel's Hump. Happy days indeed. Occasionally, if I am in the area I drive around what is still familiar with what I remember from when I was growing up. As with everywhere else, so much has changed.

Comment by: Vb on 19th March 2016 at 07:33

Seems there is only three childhood haunts that hasn't changed .....Haigh Hall ,the woods and Wigan Park -Derek thanks for taking the trouble to answer my comment.

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