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Standish St Wilfrids

It is certainly worth me pointing out at this very early stage, that I don't have any interest at all in religion, of any type - I do respect others and their beliefs, but for me, it just doesn't serve any purpose in my life. Nothing more, nothing less.
However, I do like to admire and photograph the architecture that comes with it - I've always been fascinated by buildings, old ones or new ones, there is just something I find interesting about them.
Let's start with a little bit of history - I would like to say that I spent hours in the library researching the matter, but in truth this next bit is just a little bit lifted off the internet to give you some context to the images to follow.
It is believed that the Church was constructed around 1582 with subsequent additions such as the vestries in 1913 and the gatehouse in 1926. The church itself is a Grade I listed building and the Gatehouse a Grade II listed building in its own right.
Today was a nice bright sunny day and I started my walk down  at the entrance off Rectory Lane:
Once you have climbed the small steps and look right you have a view of the church itself.
One of the most striking things when you walk around the building is the different surfaces and materials used to construct and refurbish throughout the years.
The following three images give you an idea of what I mean. Old original stone makes up the footings of the side structures and their pitted surface gives you an indication of the age involved.
The next image shows how the cleaned and restored stonework looks with some attention and replacement.
But of course with all the trees that surround the building you will get plenty of green growth on the stonework and brickwork, especially in the draining channels.
My walk then took me away from the main church and along the stone paths that criss cross the Graveyard - I'm not one for focussing on any particular stones, but they do provide some background for more shots of the church itself.
You may have noticed all the wild flowers that grow in the graveyard and there were banks of bluebells that really did give the place a peaceful feel, which after all is what is should feel like.
As you move around to the front entrance of the church you get a great view firstly of the Gatehouse, which as you will recall from my superb history lesson, is a Grade II listed building.
Just to the right my eye caught this view of some really well tended graves up against the boundary wall, with the old terraced houses of Market Square.
And then you are right in front of the entrance to the church. Two large wooden doors greet you.
There are lots and lots of little areas of the church and graveyard that grab my attention, some will make better images as the seasons change, but my final shot has to be this one which gives you the main view of the building itself.
I hope you enjoyed this little post about the church and its graveyard and please do come back for more in the future.


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