All Saints Church
Speke, Liverpool, UK
Village to Estate
Photographs - All Saints Church
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1 - Inside All Saints in approximately the 1920's when gas lamps still hung from the ceiling
2 - 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!
3 - All Saints Lych Gate taken off a Speke Messenger of the 1920's
4 - The pulpit decorated for Harvest in the 1920's. Notice the gas lamps hanging outside the organ loft and by the windows..
5 - Another harvest service
6 - An almost empty graveyard surrounded All Saints in this early aerial photograph
7 - 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 and the people who decide on these things!
8 - 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.
9 - This 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 photographs them before they covered them over...!
These wonderful drawings are the actual, original sketches of 3 of All Saints stained glass windows! I can't tell you how excited I was to see these! They are a tangible link with our past. My special thanks for my friend Chris who helped me to get these photographs for us.
11 - The first is instantly recognisable as the main East window over our Altar. This show the visit of Gabriel to Mary, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection in the centre panels with the ascended Jesus at the very top on his throne. Looking across the other panels from the left are the Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs and members of the Holy Church. This might make it easier to identify all the Saints now!
12 - This is our parable window from the North side of the church, overlooking All Saints Road. It shows the stories of the Good Samaritan, the Ten Foolish Virgins, The Talents and the Prodigal Son. The actual window is not quite as shown here but the theme is the same.
13 - This was the plan for the West window at the bottom of the aisle which is now plain glass. What a shame the funds were never found to complete this beautiful design. Topped by the Crucifixion, this window would have shown the life of Jesus, starting in the bottom left corner with his birth and travelling across the bottom with his presentation at the temple, Epiphany and his life as a child in Nazareth. Also shown here in the drawing is his Baptism by John, the Sermon on the Mount, Palm Sunday and the Last Supper. What a beautiful window this would have made!