I posted a while back about what I understood to be the old St. Mary’s RC Primary School in Melling on the site of what subsequently became ‘The Chesterfield’ banqueting suite on Prescot Road and where a new house is presently being built. Here’s a link to that previous posting:-
When I realised the connection with the RC church just up the road into Aughton (the school was in Melling) I wondered about this church that hardly looks like am ecclesiastical building. Without the crosses on the apexes of the main building and porch, some small religious statues amongst the trees and the notice board outside you could easily pass it by not realising it was a church at all and I wondered why this was the case.
An internet search seemed to provide the answer i.e. ‘Chapel and attached presbytery of the low-key type that prevailed between the passing of the Second Relief Act of 1791 and the Catholic Emancipation Act of 1829.’ The interesting link below, from which this text is taken, gives more details:-
Despite being an atheist church/ecclesiastical buildings have always fascinated me as they often represent the very best in architecture at the time of their construction. St Mary’s turns this view somewhat on its head though as it is quite deliberately understated.
As with my other local history blogs about subjects in Sefton and West Lancs, any additions, corrections and comments are much appreciated.