ST Paul’s Church on Springfield Road in Sale, is preparing to throw open its doors as part of the National Heritage Open Day.

A fascinating display, featuring some recently discovered old photographs, entitled 'A walk down School Road' will take visitors on a journey down School Road from many years ago to the present day.

One such photograph, taken in May 1958, just outside the Messenger's Office at the junction of School Road with Washway Road, shows a very wide load being moving towards Manchester with a large number of bystanders by the Bulls Head looking on…

Michael Riley, the Parish archivist, said: "We have no idea what it is, is it an important piece of engineering heading to Trafford Park?

"If anyone knows or has any suggestions I would love to hear from you on 0161-969-2795 or Email

The Heritage Open Day takes place on September 9 from 10am to 5pm and a highlight of the day will be guided tours of the church tower.

For those who enjoy watching 'Who Do You Think You Are' there will be a chance to view the Parish Registers.

There will be Victorian afternoon teas, with home-made cakes and sandwiches, with harpist Alice Kirwan playing from 12noon to 2pm.

There will be performances from Sale Handbell ringers at 11am, Bollin Morris Men at 1.30pm, the Scout and Guide Brass Band at 2.30pm and St Paul’s Community Choir at 3.30pm.

Professional storyteller Helen Stewart will spin yarns and weave tales and a traditional Punch and Judy Show will entertain all the family.

There will be a latterday incarnation of Sale’s most famous resident Professor James Prescott Joule - the father of the International Unit of Energy – who will be telling visitors about some of his most exciting experiments.