TWINNING
BOLTON SPIRITUALIST CHURCH ENGLAND AND EAST HAMILTON SPIRITUAL CHURCH CANADA


Bolton Spiritualist church
Bolton Spiritualist church
OUR HISTORICAL LINKS

In Bolton we were unaware of our links with East Hamilton Church, until we published a web site for the church. This was spotted by Dee Folie from Canada, and she very kindly sent us the photograph you see on the left, of the Bolton Church members in 1906. Her grandmother Mrs Janet Speakman is on the photograph, and we were then told that she and her whole family had later emigrated to canada, and they became members of the East Hamilton Spiritual Church.

H.T.BattenWe published the photo on the web site, and in turn this was spotted by Albert Batten, grandson of Mr Henry Thomas Batten, who had been a president of Bolton Church in the past, and the first president of the Lyceum in Bolton. He had emigrated to Canada in 1925, and he also later became the president of East Hamilton Spiritual Church. He was an excellent physical medium, being mentioned in the autobiography of Alfred Kitson, where he was reported to have been able to produce perfume from spirit,walking up and down the church and scattering it over the congregation, in broad daylight, with no special equipment of any kind.

Albert has visited Bolton Church a couple of times with his wife Bev; we were very happy to have them join us for our centenary celebrations. The centenary was in remembrance of the time that the members got together to buy the church - for 400! The church had actually been in existence since 1872, and it had always been a spiritualist church, as we found out when we got a copy of the deeds - not a Chinese laundry as I was told when I first came to the church! A fairly full history of the church can be found on the Bolton Church Web site, along with a lot more information about us. The East Hamilton church site is also now up and running. Members of both churches can exchange greetings, views and discussion by joining the BoltonSpiritualists Yahoo list

THE TWINNING CEREMONY

East Hamilton Spiritualist church
East Hamilton Spiritualist church
Bolton members 1906
Bolton members 1906
East Hamilton members 1918 - 1920
East Hamilton members 1918 - 1920
Bolton members 2000
Bolton members 2000

East Hamilton members 2004
East Hamilton members 2004

Bolton Spiritualist Church Web Site
Bolton Spiritualist church
East Hamilton Spiritualist Church Web Site
East Hamilton Spiritualist church
  

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