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The Priory Church and Village of Upholland

Photo credit: Wigan Arts and Heritage Service

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The village of Upholland lies about four miles west of Wigan. The church, known as St Thomas the Martyr and Christ the Servant, was built in the mid-fourteenth century as a church to the Benedictine monastery founded in 1319. An earlier chapel is known to have stood on the site in 1307. After the destruction of the monastery, the priory church became used as chapel of ease for the people of Wigan. The church, built of sandstone, was restored in the eighteenth century and the present day roof dates from 1752.

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oil on board


H 17.5 x W 20 cm

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purchased, 1948

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Wigan Arts and Heritage Service

Museum of Wigan Life, Library Street, Wigan, Greater Manchester WN1 1NU England

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