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Thursday, 15 November 2012

Albion Church

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.

Sky Watch is a regular weekly 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 skies and a lovely old church!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

  2. Interesting history of the Albion church...I liked the part about the steeple being made two feet taller than the parish church's steeple. That's a pretty sky above the old church.

  3. such beautiful skies!!!

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