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Caption for Ditton, St Michael's Church, Ditton Hall C1965: With so many workers arriving here in the 1800s from Ireland there was a strong Roman Catholic presence and this enormous church was built in the 1870s to serve that congregation. For the first 23 years it was also a collegiate church for Jesuits with, at one time, 32 priests, 22 scholastics and 17 lay brothers.

Memories of Ditton, St Michael's Church, Ditton Hall c1965

Coming from Huyton I attained a scholarship and attended wade deacon. It was a fantastic school and Alan Bleasedale the Liverpool play wright also attended. The headmaster was W.Bonney who always reminded me of Alistair Sim. He was a very clever polite gentleman and very popular with the (...Read full memory)

Myself and all of my family were baptised here, went to the school next door, took our first holy communions, had our confirmations, and my wedding, and also sad occasions like my parents' funerals, lots of happy memories from my time in Ditton.

I lived in Ditton as a boy and went to Ditton St.Marys school (often mistakenly referred to as St.Michaels), with my twin sister. We were not Catholic but went to the church frequently. I remember the Head Masters Mr.Murphy and later Mr Hardman and also the lady teachers Messrs Leather, Anthony, Mooney, Blount and Longton (...Read full memory)

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