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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 21st June, 2022)

St Wilfrids

St Wilfrids
The rear of St Wilfrid’s Church, Standish.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: irene roberts on 21st June 2022 at 07:23

What an attractive and peaceful view. I like a mooch round a churchyard.

Comment by: Poet on 21st June 2022 at 08:27

Here we see three distinct ages of the church . The gothic windows built in 1554 , the Victorian spire and the most recent addition, the vestry built 1926 . Very nice picture Dennis .

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 21st June 2022 at 09:32

And yet it all seems to blend together so well Poet.
The Churchyard is a little haven of peace.

Comment by: Veronica on 21st June 2022 at 09:35

Speaking of dogs not being allowed in this hallowed churchyard. I was wondering why there isn’t a notice forbidding cyclists inside.
Meanwhile, a lovely peaceful setting for the churchyard theme.

Comment by: Roy on 21st June 2022 at 11:19

Veronica, i suppose someone riding around the churchyard on a bike would be the LAST thing those 'in charge' would think about. I, personally, have never seen any bike riders in there, but i DO know someone who has done it, his name begins with M and we all 'know' him !!
Good photo Dennis, the lower part is the vestry as Poet describes. I could do with a tenner for every time i've been in there as a boy chorister.

Comment by: janet on 21st June 2022 at 12:01

grade 1 listed haigh hall is grade 2 no money for repairs from goverment

Comment by: janet on 21st June 2022 at 12:05

sorry dennis good photo

Comment by: dave a on 21st June 2022 at 14:09

Someone posted a similar picture a while ago with numerous spires and gothic architecture , may have been you Dennis . Out of interest, I looked for the history and where this type of architecture originated . It is absolutely fascinating
and also mind boggling where this journey takes you . The one word Gothic is a vast history in itself . Try it and see . I much prefer looking back in history than forwards into the modern world . The only question I would like to know about the modern world before I pop off is , are we alone in the Universe .
Excellent picture Dennis . Thank you for posting

Comment by: Barrie on 21st June 2022 at 17:36

Somewhere in the churchyard, my wee sister (born & died before I was born during the war) is buried. No record was kept at that time of the burial spot. My elder sisters remember being shown the spot after the war by my parents. I did a search in the area they remembered some years ago but to no avail. I think today it would have been called a "cot death syndrome"

Comment by: irene roberts on 21st June 2022 at 19:12

Barrie, I have a brother buried in Ince Cemetery under similar circumstances. He only lived a short time and I don't think he had a funeral as such, with a coffin etc. It was just the way it was done then....people couldn't afford a funeral for a tiny baby. He was my parents' first child and was over 20 years older than me. Luckily, a friend of mine researched his burial so I know roughly where he is. St. Wilfrid's is a lovely churchyard in a lovely village and your sister is safe in a pleasant spot. God bless her.

Comment by: Poet on 21st June 2022 at 20:03

Dave , we are definitely alone in the Universe . It takes an almost impossible chain of circumstances and coincidences to create sentient life from rocks and chemicals as occurred after the Big Bang . The chances of it happening once as it did here on Earth are astronomical , some may say miraculous . Twice ? Never ?
Yet even if you believe it is possible , those worlds are so unfathomably distant from us as to make contact impossible , so we are to all intents and purposes alone . And a good thing too , for if intelligent life from so far away was able to reach us they would surely be vastly superior and probably wipe us out .

Comment by: Pw on 21st June 2022 at 20:16

I have relatives buried in this churchyard.Does anyone know if there are any records you can look at?

Comment by: Barrie on 21st June 2022 at 20:20

Irene, my father in his diary, recorded she died on the Monday early morning aged 4 months and the funeral was held on the following Saturday lunch time. Just Mum & Dad there but not my Sisters. She was buried in a small coffin against one of the walls. Coincidently, my elder sister was married in St.Wilfreds in 1959.

Comment by: dave a on 21st June 2022 at 21:52

Poet , that’s why others are not ..

Comment by: John on 22nd June 2022 at 00:19

Pw, if you go to the link below to the Lancs Parishes website you will find most of St Wilfrid's registers have been transcribed by volunteers.

Comment by: Linma on 22nd June 2022 at 06:33

Irene what lovely comforting words.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 22nd June 2022 at 07:27

Pw, a good place to look is Lancashire Parish Clerks Online. Volunteers have transcribed church records, baptisms, marriages & burials. You can pick a town & its churches are listed. It is easy site to use. If your relative is buried at St Wilfreds they will be on the records.

Comment by: Pw on 22nd June 2022 at 17:46

Thanks for the information Helen,looking forward to giving it a try.

Comment by: Pw on 22nd June 2022 at 18:54

Thanks for the information Helen,looking forward to giving it a try.

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