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Thursday, 19 February 2009

Sky Watch: Reach for the Sky!

The twin spires of St James' Church, Cowhill Lane, point to an almost clear blue sky. Only the faintest suggestion of cloud appears on this bright winter's day.

The church stands atop a small hill - maybe the one which gave Cowhill Lane its name?

St James' Church is only 300 metres from Ashton Market Hall and just 500 metres from Ashton's Parish Church.

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

Sky Watch is the regular Friday feature on this photo blog. It links 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!


  1. Beautiful, picture-perfect sky!

    I see that the grass is much greener on your side of the Channel! *no kidding*

  2. Excellent shot of a very unique church, thanks for sharing.

    Have a great weekend!
    Regina In Pictures

  3. Such a pretty sky with that picturesque church!

  4. Really an interesting building. The twin towers are even nice. And a reminder.

    My Skywatch blog is on Abraham Lincoln's Blog

  5. What a terrific shot! Beautiful old church and that intense blue sky! WOW! Thanks for sharing and Happy SWF!

  6. Beautiful, I miss old churches living here.

  7. Great shot of the spires - wonderful blue sky! A

  8. Great shot, Martin. I was bridesmaid to a friend who married here in 1968 and my mother went to St James School. I have a photo of her dressed in a gymslip in Standard 5 in about 1925!

  9. Unusual twin spires under such a beautiful sky. I really must capture the churches here.

  10. It's a lovely photo of St. James, Martin.
    I also think it was where I was christened and/or baptized. I wonder if they have records there or where they would be kept now. When my Mum came to Canada I think the four Baptism cards were lost. They were lovely.
    We lived on the Albemarle St. which is now a parking lot and it's only a short distance to the church. I have a very small photo of me in my Whit Week Walk long dress taken in Grandma's front garden on Albemarle Terrace. Must do a Google search to see if I can find any inside photos of the church and anything else I can find. Once again...thanks Martin. Lovely.

  11. Wonderful shot...I love that church and that blue, blue sky!

  12. hi the old church had our christmas carol service when i went to st james school back in the 50s , i wonder if the old vicerage is still on union street side, great photograph ,like the blue sky

  13. great pic walk past every day ALBERMARLE street is still the same ? not a parking lot

  14. Hello howdy149 - Yes! The Albemarle Street you walk past every day IS still there, but NOT #170 Albemarle St. where I was born - that really is a parking lot now. Going up Henrietta St. from the Market, Albemarle Terrace is on your right immediately past the railway bridge, and Albemarle St. was on the left...gone now of course sadly. Joyce

  15. i never know any other part of albermarle street apart from the one i lived on i live at 84

  16. Hi howdy149 - I don't know how old you are so that might account for you not knowing the other part of Albemarle Street where we lived when I was born. If you can get on the Tameside.gov.uk website and click on their Photo Gallery Archives button and find the search engine...type in "Henrietta Street" and somewhere in that group of photos there's a couple of them of Albemarle Street before it was demolished. (There are two older ladies standing just at the intersection of Henrietta and Albemarle St.) It has stanchions at the Henrietta St. end so traffic couldn't drive down it, but the houses look in rather sad shape. and the photo must have been taken just prior to their demolition. They were lovely when I was a little girl. I think the demolition took place in the 1960's and #170 (our house) was somewhere down the Street at the end furthest away from Henrietta Street.
    LOL - this isn't the first time I've had to explain about my poor old long gone home! LOL.

  17. lol i wi8ll look at that im 49 my mum and dad lived at 84 and my grandma and grandfather lived next door


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