The Congregational Church in Loftus dates from 1906, the builder was a Mr Charles Hebditch, who also married there.
In later years it was the Loftus United Reformed Church which closed in the 1990s. SadlyÂ it’s now in a sad state of disrepair stuckÂ in a stalled redevelopment as flats by a London owner. Its rare open-air pulpit has already been lost. It was apparently up for saleÂ again for Â£30,000 in 2012.
OneÂ entrance carries the inscription “Bolton Memorial School” although I have not yet traces its exact origin. A large number of initialled stones appear around the base of the church, presumably placed to record those who contributed to its construction.
The corner stone carries the name Alderman C H Baines and a April 1906 date, so perhapsÂ he opened it or layed the foundation ?