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Friday, 9 January 2009

Sky Watch: St Michael's Church

Today's contribution to the Sky Watch theme shows the tower of the Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels, Ashton under Lyne. The 145-foot high tower is silhouetted against a heavy winter's sky. The photo shows the gargoyles protruding from the corners of the tower, while the flag hangs limply in the still air.

The tower was built in 1888 to replace an earlier tower, built in 1818 but which had got into a poor state. This in turn replaced an even earlier tower, built around 1500, which had been badly damaged by lightning in 1791.

The church has appeared in a number of previous posts, including this one and this one. Close-ups of some of the church's ugly carved stone heads can be seen here.

Sky Watch is the new Friday feature on this photo blog. It will link with websites all over the world with the general theme each week of looking upwards. Please take the opportunity to visit some of these other sites. I hope some new visitors have found their way here today, watching the skies!

See Google Aerial View of this location.
See LiveSearch Birds Eye View of this location.


  1. That's a real story of survival for the tower - it keeps being reborn!

  2. These enduring structures are an inspiration. They are so strong and solid, yet they seem so small under the sky.

  3. Nice sky shot - Love the color!

  4. Lest hope it never needs another facelift. I would hate to see how they would re design it now. The sky has a touch of Monet pastels which is right up my street,

  5. Nice cloudy sky!

  6. Hi there
    It's nice to Ashton making it onto Sky Watch.... I know this view well and have featured some shots of this myself in the past... I'm from Newton, Hyde by the way.
    All the best to you and Happy New Year.


  7. I am quite partial to gargoyles so I hope this time the tower will remain standing. Nice shot.


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