St Elphin

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Its very tall spire, at 281ft (86m), is the most arresting thing about St Elphin's.

About this church

Among parish churches, it is the third tallest in England. But nothing survives above ground of the original building (a Saxon wooden church), and only the chancel and crypt remain from its successor, the first stone building, which was built in 1354.

Shelled and badly damaged by the Parliamentary forces in the Civil War of the 17th century, the tower of that church had to be rebuilt in 1696, and the nave was rebuilt in l770.

The south aisle was added in the early 19th century, and the whole building was restored between 1859 and 1867, when the present distinctive spire was added. Inside, galleries in the aisles contain pews with doors, and some of the stained glass is by AWN Pugin.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • Car park at church
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Café in church

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St Oswald

There is a tradition that this impressive church occupies the site of an ancient Druidical altar.


All Saints

Daresbury and its church are most well known because of the connection with Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, world famous as Lewis Carroll, who was born here in 1832 and baptised in the church.

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