November 16th, 2015


St Cosmas and St Damian, Stretford

A church in a farmyard. A very small church, now redundant and in the care of the Historic Churches Conservation Trust. Phil Rickman's clerical sleuth Merrily Watkins visits it twice- once to clear up after Satanists and again to bless a girl who thinks she's being haunted.

There are two aisles of equal dimensions with a peculiar boxy shrine in the middle dedicated to the medical saints Cosmas and Damian- who are famous for miraculously grafting an Ethiopian's leg onto a Caucasian amputee.  Two pairs of medieval effigies are tucked in against the wall. It's a very dark in there.