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Church of St Oswald

A Grade II* Listed Building in Backford, Cheshire West and Chester

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Latitude: 53.2388 / 53°14'19"N

Longitude: -2.9033 / 2°54'11"W

OS Eastings: 339808

OS Northings: 371693

OS Grid: SJ398716

Mapcode National: GBR 8Z5Z.7P

Mapcode Global: WH881.CVPD

Entry Name: Church of St Oswald

Listing Date: 1 June 1967

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1115612

English Heritage Legacy ID: 55385

Location: Backford, Cheshire West and Chester, CH2

County: Cheshire West and Chester

Civil Parish: Backford

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Backford St Oswald

Church of England Diocese: Chester

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Listing Text


Church of St Oswald

Church. Chancel, C14th, tower C15th, nave rebuilt 1728-31, and remodelled
1877-9 by Ewan Christian. Sandstone, graded slate roof. West tower, 3
bay nave, chancel, north vestry. Perpendicular buttressed tower has chamfered
plinth, rebuilt embattled parapet with crocketted finial. 3-light traceried
bell openings. Some narrow slit openings. West front has restored 3-light
window over doorway which has four-centred arched head. Both have hood
moulds with animal and human figure stops. Stone bands have shields and
figure heads. Figure gargoyles below parapet. Nave has three, 2-light
traceried windows and south porch. Chancel: East window has intersecting
tracery. N window has Y-tracery. South wall has C14th doorway and two,
3-light Perpendicular windows in deep recesses. Clasping buttresses.
Stone cross at east end. Interior. Nave arcades have cylindrical piers
supporting pointed arches. Tall pointed arch beneath tower. Wall paintings
by E Frampton. E window possibly by Wailes. Six heraldic tablets painted
on wood, probably by Randle Holmes, dating 1624-1683 to Margel and Birkened
families. Monuments: Samuel Griffiths (1796) by E. Spencer. Tablet, urn
and obelisk for Baskerville Glegg (1843) by Sanders. C17th altar (now
in vestry) has twisted legs and acorn ends similar to two sanctuary chairs.
3 oak chests, two dated 1636 and 1702. Stone tympanum, formerly over
porch, inscribed: This church was built AD 1728 Robt Denson Vicar, now
leaning against S. wall of tower in churchyard.

Pevsner & Hubbard. Richards R., Old Cheshire Churches Morten 1973.

Listing NGR: SJ3980871693

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