Delving into parish’s long-lost history

Paul Henry with his book In This Place
Paul Henry with his book In This Place

A new book has enabled parishioners in St Helens to find out more about the history of their parish.

The book, entitled In This Place after an inscription on the west wall of St John’s Church in Ravenhead, offers a comprehensive narrative of the history of the churches, schools and congregations associated with the parish.

Penned by local author Paul Henry, it extends to some 620 pages - combining humorous anecdotes with detailed storytelling and more than 300 photos, artworks and maps.

It includes first-hand accounts of the Ravenhead community during the First World War via letters written to Rev Harry Bolton by church members on the front line.

There are also details about the sense of shock in Ravenhead at the sinking of the Titanic and even a revelation that the commonly accepted story behind the laying of the church foundation stone may not be all it seems!

Paul, a lifelong member of St John’s Church, said: “It has been an interesting and enjoyable project to research and tell the history of St John’s Church. Members of the congregation have contributed and have made sure that the current and future generations of St John’s can easily understand what has made the church the place it is today.”

The book is available in Wardleworths, the Christian bookshop on Duke Street and via Amazon.