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  1. The Visit Lowlight for me was falling through the dodgy MDF floor upstairs, luckily didn't go right through as a beam caught me in what you can imagine was a little painful. That aside, this is a lovely little church and still in relatively nice condition. The History The origins of St. Saviour's At Stubbylee Hall, Bacup, lived Mr. John Holt, J.P., a Christian man with a real concern for the spiritual needs of the people living on his estate around the Lee Mill area. His dreams of building a church were not fulfilled in his own lifetime. When St. John's fell into a state of extreme disrepair and collapse a committee was formed to rebuild it but progress in making the necessary arrangements was so slow that one of the members of the committee, Mr. James Maden Holt (the son of Mr. John Holt) withdrew and determined to go ahead with the building of a church at Stubbylee. After obtaining the consent of the incumbent of St. John's, the Rev. B. Tweedale, and of the Bishop of the diocese to the assignment of a district for the proposed new church, Mr. Holt looked round for a suitable clergyman to tackle the undertaking. He learned that the Rev. William Whitworth, Vicar of St. Jude's, Ancoats, was willing to accept the onerous task of working up the new- parish and invited him to be the first vicar. Mr. Whitworth was duly licensed and began his labours in an old mill at Rockliffe. It was intended that these premises should be only temporary so very few alterations were made. The floor was covered with sawdust and benches mounted on bricks were used as pews. Worship commenced there in 1854. Work now began on the Sunday School building in New Line and was completed in 1858. The congregation and scholars were called together for a final address by Mr. Whitworth in Rockliffe Mill. A procession then formed and marched to the new school, which was opened by Mr. Whitworth who gave a further address. The upper part of the school was used as a church for the next few years. The vicarage was built next and Mr. Whitworth took up residence there about 1860, shortly before the building of the church commenced. The church was consecrated on Monday, the 23rd of January, 1865, by the Lord Bishop of Manchester, the Right Rev. J. Fraser, and was designated "St. Saviour's, Bacup". Representatives of the local Wesleyan, Baptist and Independent churches were present at the service. The cost of the erection of the church, school and vicarage was borne entirely by Mr. James Maden Holt and amounted, as near as can be ascertained, to £8,000, £2,000 and £1,400 respectively, exclusive of the value of the sites And finally, the resulting hole in the floor
  2. The weather was soon to turn as Mookie kept telling me. We had faced a host of fails but a host of wins. Our next site was sure to be a gooden… If it was accessible, which it turned out to be so. After arriving in Bacup we searched for a point of access and found one after getting slightly wet in the rain which came as we arrived. The church inside was as spectacular as we guessed it would be. Due to the neighbouring properties, the fast turning weather and the fact we had a hotel to check in to in Leeds, we rather rushed this one which is a shame. We also didn’t manage to get any externals, so here are the internals! First consecrated on Monday, the 23rd of January, 1865; The Early Pointed Gothic Church stands at 120ft long and 53ft wide. TheRepresentatives of the local Wesleyan, Baptist and Independent churches were present at the service. The total cost of the build of the Church, combined with the nearby school and vicarage was £8,000. Seating accommodation for 1,000 people was provided. The tower, which stands on the north side of the chancel, is surmounted by a 150 ft. in height spire, which we couldn’t find access too. The Church held it’s final service in October 2007 and since then it has had repairs to the roof in the north aisle to prevent collapse. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157652336497499
  3. It would appear that alongside my usual love of industrial locations, Churches and Schools are my new 'thing' this year. St. Saviour's has been on my list for a long time but with it being so far away I never had a proper chance to do it. However it was definitely a fixture on the list for myself and Landie Man's northern tour, and we turned up not knowing whether or not it would be accessible or not owing to the prior knowledge that it gets sealed up quite regularly. To be honest I thought we'd turn up to find it sealed but I was very happily wrong. We arrived in torrential rain which in some ways helped us keep a relatively low profile as we walked up to the church past the inhabited house on the driveway as nobody in their right mind would be outside or keeping watch at the windows in the weather that day. After a bit of a faff and a search and a wiggle we were delighted to be standing inside, and walking into the main part of the church my jaw dropped seeing the grandeur of it all. The rain continued to pour down whilst we were inside which provided a constant drumming background noise as we photographed the interior, and to be honest I think I was so in awe of the beauty that I didn't take as many photographs as I should have done. I'd happily go back though so that's not too much of an issue Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157652664997072
  4. Part of the Sell Out Cat Crew (SOCC) outing me and Banned batz visted a church First day of visiting derelict sites of the year, having been here in 2012 and since upgrading camera several times and improving my photography a hell of a lot I thought it was time to see how the church was doing after it's on/off access. Answer is not a lot has happened.
  5. Not sure what to write here, it's a church. It's full of church things and is in quite good condition. I got naked and was going to get a pic of me lay on the coffin stand but someone tried the door before I got the pic, can you imagine getting caught in a Catholic church totally naked.