St Oswald

Tucked among a small group of buildings that includes a pub, an old school and cottages is one of England's most ancient timbered churches.

About this church

The first site of the church is a real pleasure, with the patterned black and white timbered walls contrasting with the 16th century sandstone tower.

The oldest parts of the church date back to the 14th century, which would make it one of the oldest timber framed churches in Europe.

Inside is a brilliant assemblage of timber columns and huge beams. Much of the nave and chancel are 14th and 15th century, while the side chapels date from the 17th century.

Originally, the church was all under one roof, but architect Anthony Salvin gave different parts their own roofs when he restored the church in the 1850s.

Simple 17th century box pews, some with original doors, fill the body of the church. Much older is a wooden chest carved from a single lump of oak, as old as the most ancient parts of the church.

Key Features

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

Visitors information

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

Other nearby churches


St Mary & All Saints

Great Budworth is a very pretty village with houses of many ages and kinds, and at its heart sits St Mary's, a lovely red sandstone church dating mainly from the 15th and 16th centuries, though the Lady Chapel dates back to the 14th century.


All Saints

This pretty church church stands on a hill overlooking idyllic countryside.


St James & St Paul

With a founding date of 1343, Marton's church just pips Lower Peover to the post to make it possibly the oldest timber framed church of its kind in Europe.

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