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Charming Cheshire

Discover the wonder of Cheshire's sacred heritage.

Holiday in Cheshire and discover a plethora of churches in this county of contrasts; from the county seat of Chester, founded as a Roman fort to rural villages with their black and white half timbered buildings; from market towns with local red sandstone buildings to the rich legacy left behind from the Industrial Revolution.

The history of Cheshire can be told through its churches, here we share just a few with you.

Every church has a story to tell.

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Charming Cheshire

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St Boniface, Bunbury

In 1385 Sir Hugh de Calveley endowed a college of priests at Bunbury. Standing in the centre of the chancel, his tomb is the earliest alabaster monument in Cheshire.

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St Oswald, Lower Peover

Truly remarkable building, famous for its 14th-century timber-framing. With no stone pillars supporting the nave or chancel roofs, everything is supported by octagonal oak pillars, braced by huge oak beams, all darkened with age.

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Chester Cathedral

Shrouded in the mists of time, Chester Cathedral tells tales of Celtic temples, Roman invasions and St Werburgh, a Mercian princess whose holy relics were safely hidden here from marauding pirates.

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St Mary, Nantwich

Known as the 'Cathedral of South Cheshire', this attractive 14th-century building boasts an outstanding collection of medieval choir stalls and misericords carved around 1390, with a beautifully carved 14th-century stone pulpit.

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St John the Baptist, Chester

Founded in AD 689 by AEthelred, King of Mercia, as a Saxon Minster church, this is one of the finest pre-Conquest churches in England, and the most impressive Norman church in Cheshire.It is believed to be built on the site of a much earlier shrine or church building.

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All Saints, Daresbury

The birthplace of Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) the author of Alice in Wonderland. The Lewis Carroll Visitor Centre tells the story of his early life and influences and The Daniell Chapel contains the Lewis Carroll Memorial Window.

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St Oswald, Malpas

One of the best examples in Cheshire of late C15/early C16 work; the nave roof and the memorial chapels are very fine and the effigies of Sir Randal and Lady Eleanor Brereton are outstanding.

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St Mary, Nether Alderley

St Mary's owes many of its unique features to the patronage of the Stanley family; impressive mausoleum and memorial tombs and the elevated Stanley Pew, sumptuously decorated with red furnishings.

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Christ Church, Macclesfield

An engineering marvel built in 1775 by local industrialist Charles Roe. Constructed of brick, this is a very early use of cast iron columns to support the galleries. The interior resembles a modern concert hall designed so that the preacher could be seen by all.

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St Mary, Astbury

A jumble of 14th to 16th century work, the result is a layout almost unique in English parish church architecture. The most interesting historic feature is the ornate canopied tomb chest with its effigies of a man and woman holding hands.

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St Bartholomew, Thurstaston

A splendid example of a Victorian revival of mid gothic architecture built entirely of local sandstone, both inside and out. Fine memorials as well as the lychgate in memory of the Ismay family, who were local ship owners,

Explore with James Balme

Join James Balme as he explores churches in Cheshire from the air.

It's just a glimpse at some of the heritage waiting to be discovered in churches across this glorious county.

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