HERE is a historical photograph from an Astley Church which was taken nearly four decades ago.

The picture shows the first sod being cut at St Ambrose Barlow Church.

The image was taken on October 4, 1980.

Do you have any memories of the church from this time?

n Do you have an old photograph you would like to share with us that you think would fit well on this page?

If you do, please email your picture to with your name, what the image shows and what year it was taken.

We will consider using pictures taken in Leigh, Atherton, Astley, Tyldesley, Golborne, Lowton, Hindley, Hindley Green, Glazebury and surrounding areas from a different era.

To view pictures from the Wigan and Leigh Archives and Local Studies collection which features photographs visit