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Thursday, 13 October 2011

St Michael's Church

Today's Sky Watch image shows Church of St Michael and All Angels, the Parish Church of Ashton under Lyne.

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 church is seen from the other side of Ashton town centre's bypass. The shiny pointed obelisk is a sort of sculpture to indicate that the building behind me (the former Labour Exchange) is now an apartment block known as The Point.

The obelisk and the points on the church tower all draw the eye to the sky with its thin, wispy clouds.

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See Google Street View of this location.

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  1. You took this from the perfect point of view to show the church and accentuate the sky, indeed.

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  2. I am struck by how close the road is and cuts into what, centuries ago, was probably a rural grassy knoll!! Great shot though - wonderful church.

  3. An imposing structure, and a great sky beyond, painted with Cirrus brush strokes.

  4. Beautifully captured!

    My Skywatch, have a nice weekend!

  5. Brilliantly captured with good exposure & color balance. Great Photography!


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