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Church of St Mary the Virgin

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

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Latitude: 53.1391 / 53°8'20"N

Longitude: -2.842 / 2°50'31"W

OS Eastings: 343767

OS Northings: 360548

OS Grid: SJ437605

Mapcode National: GBR 7D.664P

Mapcode Global: WH88N.9CWB

Entry Name: Church of St Mary the Virgin

Listing Date: 1 June 1967

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1136639

English Heritage Legacy ID: 55367

Location: Aldford and Saighton, Cheshire West and Chester, CH3

County: Cheshire West and Chester

Civil Parish: Aldford and Saighton

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Bruera St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Chester

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Listing Text

(East side)

3/28 Church of St Mary the


Church with late Cll or early C12 chancel arch and, probably, masonry
in nave and chancel; C14 and C15 windows; south chapel late C15;
belfry, south porch, vestry and general restoration 1896 by W M Boden
at expense of 1st Duke of Westminster. Squared, roughly coursed red
sandstone in large blocks; slate roof; oak-framed, louvred west belfry
on ridge with low, square shingled spire. Aisleless nave and chancel;
four-centred archway from nave to chapel of 1 bay. Each respond of
the chancel arch has 3 attached shafts, the outer two linked by 4
single beakheads which suggest Norse influence; the south capital has
crudely carved foliage and faces - the north respond was renewed 1896.
On the face to the nave of the porch arch (rebuilt probably C14) are 4
carved voussoirs with motifs probably derived from Norse sun symbols
and from Romanesque palmettes. The font is a stone baluster with
hollowed trough, probably C17. A pair of marble monuments stand in
the south chapel: to Sir Robert Cunliffe, 1778, right, signed by
Joseph Nollekens, with a seated putto holding a portrait medallion
against a dark grey obelisk; to Sir Ellis Cunliffe, 1769, left,
matching Sir Robert, but with a standing putto. Good stained glass,
1897, in the manner of the Arts and Crafts movement, in a plain
inserted 3-light north window (Nave).

Listing NGR: SJ4376760548

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