A Church that Moved

By mrswoolybill
Another in my 'home town' series - here's a Sunday-morning picture, and a story that should please Barbara.
This is the Church of Our Lady and St Cuthbert. (Note for heathen Southerners - Cuthbert is one of our great Northumbrian Saints).
It was built in 1889 by the Liddells, a wealthy local family.
Thing is, it wasn't built here... It started off in the grounds of their mansion, about a mile away.
In 1904, for various complicated reasons, it couldn't stay there, and the Liddells arranged for it to be moved stone by stone to the other side of town.
The present parish priest, Fr Paul Zielinski, has researched the story and published a book called, of course, The Church that Moved. Google will give you more details.
It is surrounded by tall trees and houses, this is probably the best view, and I liked the frame of the two cypresses. Plus, I was a bit higher up the hillside, which gives a better angle. Sorry I couldn't give you a better sky, but if you knew how long I stood and waited for that tiny bit of blue...
Thanks for looking, and enjoy your Sunday.

Tags: Photo journalism Church Church history Landscape and travel Catholic church Rc church Local history

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15 Jul 2007 8:39AM
Excellent image Moira,

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Barbaraj 11 450 England
15 Jul 2007 8:48AM
You got blue sky and uploaded a church on a Sunday. The parish priest is the one who was at our wedding 32 years ago.
Nettles 10 England
15 Jul 2007 9:03AM
Great image and narrative Moira.
You certainly do live in an interesting town.
Mounters 11 85 2 England
15 Jul 2007 9:12AM
Thanks for the history, the shot was worth the wait
User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2007 10:04AM
Excellent capture, well composed shot.
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
15 Jul 2007 10:18AM
Lovely shot, and I do like the sky with a nice mix of blue and clouds.
AngelaR 13 155 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2007 10:18AM
Lovely comp Moira - your series is so fascinating.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1911 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2007 10:28AM
Thanks everyone, and Barbara - I thought you would appreciate this story, but I never guessed it would be quite so personal for you!
15 Jul 2007 10:43AM
Nice atmosphere to this shot Moira, and great history too. Nicely put together.

John Smile
Herge88 11 40 4 England
15 Jul 2007 11:52AM
Love the burgundy colour hedge.

Best Matt
wyatturp 12 2 England
15 Jul 2007 2:39PM
Well done on keeping order in the picture

mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
15 Jul 2007 2:46PM
Like the ''rustic'' looking hedge.Also the weather ****.Always nice little details in church buildings.It looks in good condition too,well looked after.Good one Moira.
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2007 3:16PM
I like the framing of the church by the greenery..you have so much of interest where you live Moira..I wouldn't have a hope taking photos in Dobwalls!
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
15 Jul 2007 3:40PM
It'a a good sky, and it's a nice view of the Church, interesting story.
TyChee 13 275 1 United States
15 Jul 2007 4:22PM
Great composition!

oppo 12 6 2 Scotland
15 Jul 2007 4:31PM
I like the framing with the trees, and the detail in the stonework looks great. The splash of red contrasts well with the scene. Well observed and taken.

Hop-A-Long 11 52 1 England
15 Jul 2007 5:38PM
Lovely shot with great composition. The sky was well worth the wait. You do live in a very interesting place. The story is brilliant.
phototime 12 8 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2007 5:53PM
Excellent composition and great sky,nice colours and lovely light.

newy17 12 273 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2007 8:00PM
i love the comp its a good job its not in liverpool developers would of turned it into appartments,lovely story.
John_Humphreys 12 69 2 Ireland
15 Jul 2007 11:25PM
Dear Moira - another very nice image and a great piece of very interesting local history. One thing I've noticed in severa of your pictures - going back to the school, the John Wesley plaque and the road works, is the amount of really nice masonary work in your town. My father in law (now deceased) was a stone mason and he was the last in a long line of masons. Through him we got a good appreciation of the craft of masons, which has been lost in this day and age. John
ChristineL 13 39 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2007 8:19AM
a great story, you're finding out a lot of interesting stuff about your town with this series,
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2007 4:34PM
A wonderful shot and well worth your 30!!
x Carol x

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