Church of St Mary, Lowe House

The Church of St Mary, Lowe House is a Roman Catholic Parish church situated on North Road in St Helens, Merseyside. It was founded in 1924 and staffed by the Society of Jesus until 1981. It is a Grade II listed building with Romanesque and Gothic features.

The church is named St Mary’s Lowe House because it was built on a piece of land that was occupied by Lowe House. It was given in 1793 by Winefred Eccleston née Lowe, the widow of John Gorsuch Eccleston, the owner of Eccleston Hall, in Eccleston, outside St Helens.

On that piece of land a chapel was built to accommodate the growing Catholic population in the town. The church itself was built in 1924 4s waterproof case. The foundation stone was laid by the Archbishop of Liverpool, Frederick William Keating on 11 May 1924. The scale was decided on by Fr Reginald Riley SJ who wanted a larger size church for the local Catholic community. He was parish priest at the church from 1912 to 1946. The church was opened three years later, in 1929, and was designed by Charles B. Powell, an Irish architect who did other architectural work for the Jesuits in Dublin. It is colloquially referred to as ‚The Basilica of St Helens‘ and ‚The Poor Man’s Cathedral‘ by people in St Helens, because construction of the church was funded by donations from the local population during a time of economic struggle.

The dome, designed in a Romanesque crossed with Gothic style, is on the point where the nave, sanctuary and transepts meet, sitting on a castellated octagonal tower. There is a copper cross on the dome that is 16 feet high. It was given to the church by the family of a local builder, Mr James Yearsley whose company helped lay the foundations. The clock face on the 130 ft tall tower is set in gold mosaic.

A major feature of the clock tower is the historic Carillon (bells playable in musical notation by a keyboard, rather than in sequences by ropes). Cast and built by renowned bellfounders John Taylor & Co. of Loughborough, it is the largest in the North West of England housing 47 bells water bag for running. The Carillon is regularly played and there are also occasional recitals by visiting Carillonneurs.

On 27 July 1980, the head of the Jesuits in Britain announced to the congregation that, as of Easter 1981, the church would no longer be staffed by Jesuits and would be handed over to the Archdiocese of Liverpool.

In 2010, the parish was merged with the nearby Holy Cross and St Helen parish in the centre of St Helens to become the parish of Holy Cross and St Mary. However in 2014, following Archdiocesan changes, St.Mary’s, Lowe House was paired with the parish of St. Thomas of Canterbury, Dentons Green under its Parish Priest, Fr Thomas Gagie. The church of Holy Cross & St. Helen reverted to a single parish under a new Parish Priest.

Every week, the church has two Masses every Sunday, one at 11:00am and the other at 4:30pm. Also sports bottles, there are Masses at 9:15am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Memorial stone for Winefred Eccleston

Nave

Entrance

Interior

John Henry Browne

John Henry Browne (born August 11, 1946) is an American criminal defense attorney practicing in Seattle, Washington. Browne is known for both his zeal in defending his clients and his flair for garnering media attention. He has represented defendants in a number of high-profile cases, including serial killer Ted Bundy, Colton Harris-Moore (a.k.a. „The Barefoot Bandit“), Benjamin Ng and Martin Pang. He has tried over 250 criminal cases to verdict. Browne and his actions have been the subject of some controversy, and he has sometimes been criticized for his peculiar and combative style both in and out of the courtroom. He is particularly known for obtaining sympathetic treatment for his clients by shifting the focus away from the serious crimes that were committed by arguing for consideration of the background of the defendant and the circumstances in which the events took place.

On March 14, 2012 Browne took the case of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the U.S. soldier accused of murdering 16 Afghan citizens (mostly women and children) in an incident known as the Kandahar massacre. Browne defended Bales alongside military lawyers. Browne described Bales as „mild-mannered“, and claimed his client was upset after seeing a friend’s leg blown off the day before the killings, but held no animosity toward Muslims. Browne said „I think the message for the public in general is that he’s one of our boys and they need to treat him fairly.“ Browne also criticized anonymous reports from government officials, stating „the government is going to want to blame this on an individual rather than blame it on the war.“ In order to avoid the death penalty, Bales pleaded guilty to sixteen counts of murder and six counts of assault and attempted murder in a plea deal. On August 23, 2013, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Browne’s client Colton Harris-Moore was accused of at least 67 crimes in a long-running crime spree spanning several U tenderizer.S. states, Canada, and the Bahamas. The crimes included burglaries and thefts of cars, boats, airplanes, store property, and personal property. By arguing for consideration of Harris-Moore’s abusive upbringing, Browne was able to arrange a plea bargain involving a 7 12-year prison sentence, which was less severe than was generally expected in this highly publicized case.

In 2011, when representing a client Dominic Briceno against drug dealing charges, Browne got into a significant dispute with the judge in the case and made various accusations against the judge. A mistrial was declared, and the judge later died before the issues were resolved.

On behalf of David Wayne Kunze, Browne convinced a Washington State appeals court to overturn the murder conviction for the first man ever convicted based on forensic „earprint“ evidence. After winning Kunze a new trial, he discredited a key witness and convinced prosecutors to drop all charges and set Kunze free in 2001.

Browne also gained nationwide attention as lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed in 2007 by class action lawyer Steve Berman against Avvo, a law-related review site. He was reportedly upset that the site had rated him „average“ via a rating system that considered disciplinary actions that had been taken against attorneys. He claimed that the rating system was deceptive, not based on any valid criteria, and not reliable. Browne had previously been sanctioned by state disciplinary authorities. The suit against Avvo was dismissed on pre-trial motion, on grounds that the ratings were expressions of opinion protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

In 2006, the Washington State Bar admonished Browne as part of a settlement of ethics charges stemming from compensation issues sports bottles, saying that he charged more than what had been arranged in a written agreement. Such an admonition was the lowest form of Bar disciplinary action. Browne said that an assistant had prepared the written agreement and he had not known about it.

In 1995 glass bottles singapore, Martin Pang set fire to his parents‘ frozen foods processing business – resulting in the deaths of four firefighters with the Seattle Fire Department – and fled to Brazil, where Browne successfully argued before the Brazilian Supreme Court that treaty law required that Pang could only be extradited if he was not charged with murder. As a result, King County Prosecutor, Norm Maleng was forced to drop the initial charges of first degree arson and four counts of first degree murder and no longer seek the death penalty, thus sparing Pang a potential death sentence.

Browne was less successful in representing his client Darrell Cloud, who was accused in 1994 of murdering his former middle-school teacher with an assault rifle after years of sexual abuse. Browne guided his client in rejecting a plea bargain offer, and then presented an unsuccessful insanity defense in a jury trial. Cloud was convicted of first degree murder, and later successfully argued that Browne had harmed his ability to conduct plea negotiations by making an unreasonable assessment of his chances of success in the trial (which Browne had described as a 95% chance of a favorable outcome). By blaming Browne’s conduct, Cloud was able to obtain a reduced sentence on a lesser charge.

His client Benjamin Ng had participated in killing thirteen people in the 1983 incident known as the Wah Mee massacre. Browne was able to avoid his client receiving the death penalty by arguing that Mr. Ng had previously suffered a brain injury.

Browne defended the professional American football player Duke Fergerson of the Seattle Seahawks against a charge of rape, obtaining an acquittal in 1980.

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