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Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Ashton Parish Church




"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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10 comments:

  1. I'm old-fashioned enough to say - that looks like a church should look

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  2. I agree with Roger. Quintessential church.
    And that's twice today I've run across mentions of the Domesday book. My best friend and her husband are moving from an island off the coast of British Columbia to a village called Yelvercroft in Northants, to live on a canal in a narrowboat. My mind boggles. Such ancient places. Canada feels so young right about now.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  3. What an Awesome Ancient Architectual masterpiece. Beautiful.

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  5. Wonderful architecture of the church.

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  6. Very impressive building ! a beautiful old church !
    Gattina
    ABC Team

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  8. St Michael's has wonderful stained glass. I remember years ago when I visited the church, the verger gave me a guided tour and explained the story of St Helena which is shown in the glass panels.

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