Mystery surrounds historic pictures taken at Methodist church

TIMES GONE BY: People at Lyons Lane Independent Methodist Church, Chorley,  before World War One
TIMES GONE BY: People at Lyons Lane Independent Methodist Church, Chorley, before World War One

Helen Clarke has contacted Flashback with a couple of very old photos.

They were taken at Lyons Lane Independent Methodist Church, Chorley, before World War One but Helen can’t be exactly sure of the date.

She said: “The man on the back row, second of the right and in close up is my great-grandfather Fred Walton who played the organ at Lyons Lane.

“He lived at 94 Eaves Lane (later the post office) for many years until his death in 1965.

“The man in front of him is his brother Arthur Walton who lived in Rylands Road.

“On the second row, second left is my great-great-grandfather William Walton, who we think played a big part in the founding of the church in 1898 and lived opposite it at 213 Lyons Lane for many years.

“The older woman next to him is possibly his wife Jane. Fred Walton’s daughter, Olive Fairbrother (my grandma) ran the post office on Eaves Lane until 1978.

“From looking at a later picture from 1928 which is in the vestry at Lyons Lane we know that the man next to Fred is Mr W B Ralphs but we’ve struggled to identify the others.

“Myself and my cousin, Sarah Schofield, are trying to find out more about this picture.

“It was forgotten about in an old piano stool for many years but it’s highly likely that a lot of the people on the picture have relatives still living in Chorley. It would mean a lot to us and our family if any of the others could be identified.”

If you can help email Flashback at christopher.maguire@lep.co.uk