Report problems or contribute information

 
1 Introduction 2 Message details 3 Upload file 4 Submitted

Help and advice for Queens Rd Methodist, Ashton in Makerfield

If you have found a problem on this page then please report it on the following form. We will then do our best to fix it. If you are wanting advice then the best place to ask is on the area's specific email lists. All the information that we have is in the web pages, so please do not ask us to supply something that is not there. We are not able to offer a research service.

If you wish to report a problem, or contribute information, then do use the following form to tell us about it.

We are in the process of upgrading the site to implement a content management system.

Queens Rd Methodist, Ashton in Makerfield

This site provides historical information about churches, other places of worship and cemeteries. It has no connection with the churches themselves. For current information you will need to contact them directly.

Methodist church,
Queens Rd,
Ashton in Makerfield
Lancashire

Cemeteries

The church does not have a graveyard.

Church History

The Church Society was formed in 1902. The meetings were held in a small room over a stable at the rear of Wigan Road and Pretoria Road. Early records show a membership of 14 and the first baptism recorded was on October 20th, 1902.

The foundation stone of the present church was laid on August 14th 1905 by a Mr J.T. Kewish, a Manx man who came to live and work in Ashton. The original building consisted of a large hall with a glass partition to the rear which could be moved to form either one large classroom or two small ones. Originally there were no pews; long forms across the centre of the church and smaller ones at each side was the layout giving two side aisles. Pews were installed in the 1940s.

Beneath the present vestry was a cellar which contained the old coke boiler; the main source of heating. The church caretaker, Thomas Alfred Sandercock, nursed the old boiler and its eventual replacement. The coke boiler was later taken out of service and the cellar filled in.

The pipe organ was installed sometime after the 1914-1918 war and installed in memory of John Edmondson, the first church secretary and also of Frank Edmondson and John Pickering. The two latter young men, both church members, had been killed in the war. At that time there was no electricity in the church so the organ had to be pumped manually. A boy or a young man would sit behind a curtain on the vestry side of the organ and he was the official organ blower. He received sixpence (2.5p) for his work each Sunday and in those days there were two services, morning and evening. The communion table and rail were installed in the church in 1936.

Following World War II alterations and additions took place. A new kitchen was added at the rear/side of the chapel and the forms replaced by pews when some second-hand pews were obtained from a church in the Wigan area which was closing down. New carpets were laid in the aisle (now just a centre aisle) and the heating and lighting changed to electricity.

By 1976-7 it was felt that further alterations were needed to cater for an ever-growing Sunday School. Better kitchen and toilet facilities were completed and then church, as it now stands, was reopened on 13th October 1979.

Transcribed by K. Roberts from notes left by his late mother, M.E. (Edna) Roberts

This site provides historical information about churches, other places of worship and cemeteries. It has no connection with the churches etc. themselves. For current information you should contact them directly.

Maps

It is located at SJ5767199503 (Lat/Lon 53.490525,-2.639449). You can see this on maps provided by: