Around All Saints

These are a selection of photos in and around All Saints Church, including some parts that you might not usually see.  I hope you enjoy them. 

Inside All Saints in approximately the 1920's when gas lamps still hung from the ceiling

The first Vicarage was called the Slades and was located on Woodend Avenue, just before the railway bridge. It later became a football pitch and is currently a car park for Volkswagen (2023) 

All Saints Lych Gate taken off a Speke Messenger (church magazine) of the 1920's

The pulpit decorated for Harvest in the 1920's. Notice the gas lamps hanging outside the organ loft and by the windows

Another Harvest service

An almost empty graveyard surrounded All Saints in this early aerial photograph

Snow in April 2008 around our Notice Board in Church of England colours. Someone who visited recently remarked that whoever put the notice board right in front of the church should be shot. I didn't like to say I was one of those people...! Sadly we weren't given much choice by English Heritage or the people who decide on these things!

In the background here, you can see the last Vicarage of for All Saints across the road. It is now a private home so please don't knock there!

The plaque which marks the burial place of the ashes of All Saints Second Minister, Rev Patterson and his wife which are buried under the Altar step.

This second plaque marks the burial place of the ashes of Miss Adelaide Watt, last owner of Speke Hall and Patron of All Saints which are buried under the Altar step. The step was added in the 1960 because the stones and the writing on them was becoming worn down but nobody thought to photograph them before they covered them over...!

Have you ever squeezed up the bell tower at All Saints? It’s very small and dark, the only light comes from the tiny windows on the south side, the rest is pitch black

We have 3 bells here. Yes, they all look the same but they sound different. You can play the first line of  3 Blind Mice!

We can no longer ring the bells in the usual way because they're not safe enough to swing.  The ropes are attached to the clappers inside instead.

These bells have rung out since 1876 to call people to worship, announce weddings and funerals, and on Remembrance Sunday

I tried to photograph the three bells together, but the top room in the belfry is a very small space and this was the best I could do.

A brave Alan Davies on a ladder on top of the bell frame fixing the netting to stop the birds nesting in there.

Not many people have ever seen in the very top of the tower so here's what it looks like.

View from the first floor looking towards the old Vicarage

All Saints Church Hall from the first floor of the tower

Back to the ground floor and here is the organ.  It's still played for special services

The step that the altar stands on was only added when the writing on the stone floor was fading due to the regular wear and tear.  How many people I wonder have walked up here over the last 150 years?

The pulpit, rarely used these days except for dogs waiting for Mum to finish her work!

Apparently a small dog's bed would fit nicely in here...

A Wedding at All Saints which I've included here because it shows my Dad's Roof Fund thermometer from the 1970's on the Church wall!