"A" is for "Ashton Parish Church" and today's photo shows the south side of that church.
Ashton's Parish Church is the church of St Michael and All Angels. It is said that all churches of this name are built on hills, and this church is no exception, although the hill is only evident from the south, as there is only a slight rise in ground level from Stamford Street on the north side.
There has been a church on this site before the Norman Conquest, as the Domesday Book of 1088 mentions a St Michael's Church in the east of the ancient parish of Manchester.
Parts of the present building date from the fifteenth century but most of the structure was re-built in Victorian times. The building has external buttresses, required to support the walls due to the perpendicular style with its large window areas. The tower is 145 feet high and has a peel of thirteen bells.
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See Birds Eye View of this location. See Google Street View of this location before the replica was sited here.
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