We take a trip back to Saddleworth today, as we haven't been for a few weeks. Today's photo is another look at Saddleworth Church, high on the hillside above Uppermill. In front of the church is the appropriately-named Church Inn.
The church was there long before the village of Uppermill was, and was built to serve the widespread parish of small weaving hamlets that were dotted around the area. The church was built right alongside the ancient pre-Roman trackway that skirted the sides of the Tame Valley and led up over Standedge.
The turnpike road, canal and railway were all built along the valley bottom, and Uppermill grew up around them, leaving the church in the same rural setiing that it has been in for centuries.
See Google Aerial View of this location.
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