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Church of St Oswald

A Grade I Listed Building in Malpas, Cheshire West and Chester

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Latitude: 53.0195 / 53°1'10"N

Longitude: -2.767 / 2°46'1"W

OS Eastings: 348644

OS Northings: 347190

OS Grid: SJ486471

Mapcode National: GBR 7H.FSF1

Mapcode Global: WH898.GCLH

Plus Code: 9C5V269M+R5

Entry Name: Church of St Oswald

Listing Date: 1 March 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1135959

English Heritage Legacy ID: 55570

ID on this website: 101135959

Location: St Oswald's Church, Malpas, Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire, SY14

County: Cheshire West and Chester

Civil Parish: Malpas

Built-Up Area: Malpas

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Malpas St Oswald

Church of England Diocese: Chester

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SJ 44 NE
(North Side)
2/27 Church of St.Oswald

Church. Late C14 largely rebuilt above cill level late C15. Red
sandstone with lead roofs. West tower, aisled nave with south porch,
chancel with cross-axial crypt or treasury, north vestry and
organ-chamber. East bay of south aisle is the Brereton Chapel; east
bay of north aisle the Cholmondeley Chapel.
Massive 3-stage tower has diagonal west buttresses and angle east
buttresses, south-east octagonal turret, bands above bell chamber and
at base of crenellated parapet with crocketed corner pinnacles,
round-arched west door, C14 reticulated 5-light west window and simple
2-light reticulated bell-openings; an empty niche to each side of
west window. The aisles have C14 east windows and C15 4-light
panel-traceried, segmental-arched west, north and south windows; the
Tudor-arched clerestorey windows have 4 lights. Tower, nave and
aisles have gargoyles. Small doorway under west window of north
aisle. 2-storey south porch has priest's chamber with a loophole to
east and west and a window of 2 trefoil-headed lights to south, and
wall sundial dated 1819. Crenellated parapets to nave, aisles and
porch have crocketed pinnacles. Aisle buttresses have gables with
crockets and finials. Chancel has 5-light panel-traceried
basket-arched east window and 4-light north and south windows. Vestry
added in 1717; C19 organ chamber between north aisle and vestry.
Interior. A springer north of chancel arch, gable marks on west and
east walls and possibly the chancel arch show that C14 church was much
lower, with separate ridges over nave and aisles. Rib-vaulted
baptistry in west tower.
Nave of 6 bays with wide aisles has slender lozenge-shaped piers with
half and three-quarter shafts. Fine late C15 camber-beam panelled
roofs with ornate bosses and angels (restored) on corbels, to nave and
(with simpler detail and quatrefoil panels) to aisles. Chancel of 3
bays has canted south side and camber-beam roof with carved bosses.
Cross-axial crypt of 2 bays has quadripartite rib-vault. Vestry
(1717) has round-headed windows and oval plaster ceiling-panel.
4 cusped recesses in north aisle wall. 3 sedilia in south aisle, with
2-arched piscina east; 4 sedilia in south wall of chancel. Brasses to
Philip de Egerton and family circa 1400 and to Urian Davenport, rector
of Malpas, 1495, in stones in north aisle and south of pulpit, moved
in 1950 from Cholmondeley Chapel.
The Brereton Chapel, shortened to 1 1/3rd bay of south aisle in 1717,
has traceried oak screen, 17 panels replaced (fascimile) in cast iron
1717(?). Inscription on head-beams of screen. The Brereton
monument, outstanding, is to Sir Randal, baronet, and his wife
Eleanor, erected circa 1522 with admirable naturalistic effigies on a
chest tomb. The Cholmondeley Chapel, shortened to 1 /3rd bays of
north aisle in 1717, has 4 panels of traceried oak screen replaced
(fascimile) in cast iron 1717(?), Latin inscription on head-beams and
monument (1605) to Sir Hugh Cholmondeley and his 2nd wife Mary,
similar in form to Brereton monument, but stiffer. Glass includes
medieval fragments in south aisle next to porch; roundels of
16th/17th century Flemish painted glass depicting Biblical scenes
(formerly at Cholmondeley Castle and given by Marquess of Cholmondeley
1847 and 1956) in west window of north aisle and north window of
Cholmondeley Chapel; east windows of the Chapels, 1845, by
Warrington; 2 windows in south aisle by Kempe; east window a memorial
to Bishop Heber, born in Malpas Rectory (q.v.). Beam of former
rood-loft in chancel arch; C15 octagonal font with 1627 oak cover; C13
wrought-iron-bound oak chest; 9 C15 stalls with misericords, 6 much
restored; 6 box pews (from Brereton Chapel) at west end of south
aisle, with the armorial bearings of their owners removed to screens
at west end of nave and within north porch. Picture of St.Peter's
denial, mid C18, by Hayman, above chancel arch; 3 pairs of hatchments
(Dod family of Edge Hall; Tarletons of Bolesworth Castle;
Cholmondeleys of Cholmondeley Castle. Much of the church's furnishing
was lost in Kenyon's restoration of 1880-90.
The church is one of the best examples in Cheshire of late C15/early
C16 work, prolific in the county; the nave roof and the memorial
chapels are very fine and the effigies of Sir Randal and Lady Eleanor
Brereton are outstanding. The vestry 1717, by Gardner.

Listing NGR: SJ4864447189

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