Thursday, 26 November 2015

Hyde's 2015 Christmas Tree

The 2015 Christmas Tree on Hyde Civic Square. A poster on one of the fences advertises a nearby production of Snow White.

A contribution to Good Fences.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Flowery Field Church on Heritage Open Day

These photographs were taken on one of the Heritage Open Days in September.

Flowery Field Church is a Free Christian (nondenominational) Fellowship whose origins date back to an itinerant Methodist Preacher, Hugh Bourne, who visited the Flowery Field area on horseback in the 1820s. He inspired the villagers to hold religious Services and classes in their cottages. Their employer, the cotton mill owner, Thomas Ashton (the elder), was impressed with their efforts and in 1830 built "a school for all denominations" at Spring Gardens, to provide educational facilities for his workpeople and their children. In 1870 a deputation from the church called upon Thomas Ashton (the younger) to solicit his help and advice. He asked that they raise the sum of £1000 and then report back to him. Within just a few years the task was accomplished.

Work commenced on the building of the Church in 1876. Thomas Worthington FRIBA of Manchester was commissioned to be the Architect. The building is in the Perpendicular or Tudor Gothic style of architecture and is cruciform in shape. There is a separate though connected Tower which rises 81 feet above street level. Work was finished towards the end of 1878 and the Opening Ceremony was held on Thursday 19th December 1878.

On each side of the doorway are grotesques bearing the face of a man and a woman. I recall being told something about their particular significance but I've forgotten what it was.

The nave is 72ft long and 32ft wide, with transepts 20ft by 12ft 6ins. There are also two galleries over the transepts reached by staircases inside the two rear turrets. The large plain side glass windows are made of individual small pieces of glass about 3" by 2" each individually hand made. The light fittings were installed in the 1920s.

The font in the baptistry at Flowery Field is dedicated as a war memorial.

The babtistry dedication reads:

WHO FELL IN THE WAR 1914-1918.

On display above was this modern reproduction of the original Sunday School banner which was paraded through the streets on the annual Whitsuntide Walks.

Although completely independent the church is affiliated to the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches, a member of the East Cheshire Union of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches and the Unitarian Christian Association.

For more information visit the Church website.

I'll post more photographs including some of the stained glass windows at a later date.

A contribution to Inspired Sundays.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

A Visit to St Thomas the Apostle

I've only just got around to sorting out the photographs I took of St Thomas's on the Heritage Open Day in September.

St Thomas the Apostle stands on Lumn Road with its sides on Tinker's Passage and Leigh Street. It was built in 1868 at a cost of £3,000 and the church was consecrated on Wednesday, September 23rd 1868. The first vicar was the Rev. A. Read who was appointed by the crown on October 9th 1846, the same year that the ecclesiastical district of St. Thomas was founded.

It is somewhat difficult to see the church due to the trees. See a 1920s painting of the church on Old Hyde

The pulpit is situated between the Lady Chapel (left) and the Altar (right) below a figure of St Thomas.

The windows in St Thomas the Apostle are all to designs belonging to William Morris. The East Window above the altar features the figure of Christ as Love a design which first made an appearance in 1895 in Albion Congregational Church, Ashton under Lyne.

The lectern in the foreground is originally from the now closed St Stephen's Church.

One of the displays shows the figures used in the Christmas Crib.

For more information about the church visit the Church website.

For more photographs of the church see the collection on Geograph.

A contribution to Inspired Sundays.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Hare & Hounds in Black & White

A zoomed view of the Hare & Hounds on Werneth Low Road rendered down to black and white.

The treatment emphasises the contours of the covered reservoir in the foreground.

A contribution to The Weekend in Black and White.

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