St Chad’s Church has watched over Poulton town centre and the Market Square for over 900 years, from its lovely spot surrounded by church yard and gardens
Whether you are religious or not, the churchyard provides a peace and calmness when you sit there in the sunshine and enjoy an ice cream or two minutes of relaxation.
Crocus Time at St Chad’s
The church grounds are famous for the display of crocus, with a few snowdrops and other early bulbs which herald in Spring each year.
Depending on the weather, February into March is a good time to see this amazing display, where a carpet of purple coats the ground from the Market Place to Chapel Street.
A Moment of Peace
Even though it’s sited right in the middle of the hustle and bustle – against the market square and the bus stops – once you go into the gardens surrounding the church a sense of calm seems to exist, which is welcome in this busy world.
The gardens are a beatiful centrepiece to a town that prides itself on its floral achievements. All through the year there are changing views, as first the sping bulbs flower, then the trees come into leaf, and summer plants then carry on the show.
Hidden in the greenery, between the footpaths and in some places forming the route that you tread, are the dozens of old memorial grave stones.
It’s fascinating to read how old they are, what people in days gone by did for a living, and what they died of – it seems so remote to this day and age. As you use the footpath through the gardens as a shortcut from one side of town to the other, just pause to have a look. Some of them are very old – like this one from 1806.
Of course the church is also open for quiet prayer and reflection, apart from times when services are carried out.
Like most other community churches, St Chad’s has groups for children including Brownies and Guides, along with Mothers Union and Ladies Fellowship and more. Find out details from their website at the link below.
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The crocus at St Chad’s form a locally famous display