Photographer's Note

All Saints Church is in Raby Road, Thornton Hough, Wirral, Merseyside, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the Deanery of Wirral, South, the archdeaconry of Chester, and the diocese of Chester The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.

All Saints was built in 1867–68, and paid for by Joseph Hirst. It was designed by the Huddersfield architects John Kirk and Sons. Joseph Hirst was a woollen mill owner from Wilshaw near Huddersfield, whose wife came from Chester, and he had bought a house near Thornton Hough as a place to recuperate from his business stresses.

He bought land in the village to build the church for £600, and laid its foundation stone in March 1867. The cost of the church, excluding the cost of the land, amounted to about £8,500 (equivalent to £690,000 as of 2015). It was consecrated on 5 May 1868 by the Rt Revd William Jacobson, bishop of Chester. In addition to paying for the building of the church, Hirst also paid for the vicarage, the school, and the school house. In addition he paid for a school and school house at Raby, a village nearby. In the early 20th century a vestry was added by Jonathan Simpson.

The church is unusual in that it has a total of five clock faces on the tower. An additional higher one was installed on the south side because Hirst could not see the lower face from his house. At the top of the tower is a cornice with pinnacles, and two tiers of lucarnes on the spire


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