St. Augustine’s Church, Huncoat, Accrington

I was just passing St. Augustine’s, my old church, when doing planning application site visits and couldn’t resist a photo. St. Augustine’s is a lovely grade II listed Edwardian church. It displays many of the qualities of that exceptional architectural era. Huncoat is one of the oldest settlements of Hyndburn Borough being recorded in the Domesday Book and still having a medieval manor hall. However, until St. Augustine’s was built, it never had a church, deferring to nearby Altham or Church Kirk in that regard.

Astley Arms P.H. Dukinfield Restored

My old local pub in Dukinfield has been modernised and restored.

When the scaffolding went up, I panicked thinking it was to go for flats. Well done Robinson’s for staying true to the pub and for a sensitive upgrade.

The chapel behind is the rare and beautiful Dukinfield Unitarian Church a grade II* Gothic chapel of 1838, designed by Tattersall and refronted in 1893 by Worthington. It has magnificent Victorian stained glass made by Comere and Capronnier of Brussels and a preaching pulpit that is so high you get vertigo just standing in it.