Photo-a-Day (Sunday, 8th April, 2018)
When Rev H Stoneley was vicar in the 40’s onwards, he played a recording of church bells because the church had none. What a character he was.
This interesting shot has obviously been taken fro just inside the entrance to Ince Station. I'm sure Elizabeth. like me, remembers walking down Ince Green Lane in a "crocodile" with all the other pupils and teachers from Ince Central School on special days, such as Ascension Day and Carol Services.
Oh Yes, Irene, I remember those times so well.Rev.Stoneley was a very good fundraiser, I often think he would have made an excellent businessman.It seems hard to believe now, but people used to be queueing up to go into Communion services. However, I also remember him commenting on Whit Sunday about the St.William's Walking Day and thinking,even at that age 'that's not right.'Things were so different back then.
I can see Rev Stoneley (spelling) riding his bike with its handlebar basket via Hilton street, Wellington grove to the Westwood lane vicarage just over the bridge. He would always wave at any children sat on the parapet train spotting.
Both Ince CofE churches had at one time vicarages almost next door to one another.
Looking at today's picture there appears to have been bells installed in Christ Church. It was the old Saint Mary's church having the bells recording. Could have been introduced by Rev. Williams.