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Thursday, 6 October 2011

Albion Church

Today's Sky Watch image shows the roof and spire of Albion Church, near the town centre of Ashton.

The church was built as the largest Congregationalist church in the north of England. The Earl of Stamford had refused to sell the Congregationalists land to build their new church, so a Congregationalist member sold them this land which faced St Michael's C of E Parish Church across a slight dip. The spire was deliberately built to be 2 feet taller than the tower of the nearby Parish Church as a gesture of defiance!

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See Google Street View of this location.

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  1. I love defiant gestures translated into church architecture!


    Sky above, earth below,
    Watch the stars begin to glow.

    Earth below, sky above—
    Watch the stars with me, my love!

    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Western Sunset

  2. Beautiful structure.

    Interesting story too. Defiance huh,:P

    Have a nice weekend.

  3. The only word I can get out of my mind is AWESOME - what a angel you choose to make this photo - and the sky is lovely - the whole combinations is superb ;)

  4. Thank you for the appreciative comments. When I looked up and saw the sharp outline of the sunshine and shadows on the church against the wispy sky, I could not stop myself from taking a photo!


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