Choirboys mean Churches, so I am turning to what I regard as my ancestral homeland - the Church of St. Chad's in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashir.
Tradition dates back the church to 669. It was dedicated to St. Chad, a Northumbrian missionary who became Bishop of York and then Bishop of Mercia. In 1349 the Black Death struck, with the vicar of Poulton amongst those succumbing to the plague. Registers date from 1591, with the oldest part of the present church, the Tower dating from before 1638. A major rebuilding took place around 1751.
My grandmother Alice English (below() was confiremd at St. Chad's in 1904
Although I moved away from Poulton when I was 13 years old, St. Chad's Church remains a fond place in my memory. I recall my last visit in early springtime when bell ringers were practising and the carpet of crocuses covered the churchyard - a beautiful part of my heritage.
And here is the only photograph I have of a choir boy - my father's elder brother Fred Weston, c.1915 in his choir robes at St. Mary's Church, Warwick.
My father too joined the church choir at the age of 7, and he continued as a choir member throughout his life wherever he lived - but unfortunately there is no such photograph.
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