This week's Sky Watch shows Albion Church on Stamford Street East.
Ashton was a hotbed of non-conformist and independent worship in the 18th and 19th centuries, with a wide variety of churches attracting congregations. Albion United Reform Church opened in 1895 as a Congregationalist church, but it had its origins in a room in a house as early as 1780. A Refuge Chapel was opened on Penny Meadow in 1817, enlarged and rebuilt as Albion Chapel in 1834. When the present magnificent building was constructed, the congregation insisted that it be called a church rather than a chapel, as they refused to think of themselves as in any way inferior to their Anglican neighbours. This spirit of rivalry resulted in the spire being built two feet taller than the tower of the Parish Church!
See Google Street View of this location.
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