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Church of St Peter

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

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Latitude: 53.3013 / 53°18'4"N

Longitude: -2.6679 / 2°40'4"W

OS Eastings: 355584

OS Northings: 378464

OS Grid: SJ555784

Mapcode National: GBR 9ZT8.69

Mapcode Global: WH87Y.Z9Q1

Plus Code: 9C5V882J+GR

Entry Name: Church of St Peter

Listing Date: 8 January 1970

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1138491

English Heritage Legacy ID: 57173

ID on this website: 101138491

Location: St Peter's Church, Aston, Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire, WA7

County: Cheshire West and Chester

Civil Parish: Aston

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Aston St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Chester

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SJ 57 NE
South West Side
3/27 Church of St. Peter,
Church, chancel circa 1695, nave finished 1736, both on ground plan as
in 1635, of red sandstone ashlar; roofs of small grey slates, that to
nave graded. Nave with west cupola belfry and north and south porches;
chancel. 4-bay nave has porches on 2nd bay from west and round-arched
windows in architraves with moulded cills, capitals and keystones.
Moulded plinth; plain pilasters facing north and south at corners carry
plain frieze touching window keystones; moulded cornice; parapet with
projecting panel at each corner and at centre of north and south sides,
and raised (with consoles) over south porch to contain sundial
surmounted by winged angel. Nailed oak boarded doors in round-arched
porches with coped gables, 1736 inscribed on north porch gable. Bell
cupola projects from west end, with circular window to choir gallery,
clock in upper stage and consoles bearing octagonal belfy with stone
cupola. Chancel has plain rectangular plinth and rusticated quoins;
cornice and parapet; blank north face contains nailed boarded oak door
in Roman Doric pedimented case; south side has 3 round-arched windows
with reeded arrises to reveals and no imposts or keystones. Circular
east window has niche to each side with raised panel below and recessed
panel above.
Interior. Choir gallery (organ installed 1906) with stair (2 turned
balusters per step on each side, moulded rails and robust curtails)
and panelled soffits. Oak pews with panelled backs and panelled doors
on H hinges; oak pulpit of C17 character. Deep segmental chancel arch
with archivolts on imposts and panelled intrados. Oak dado of C17
character to sides and east end of chancel. Chancel rail of oak with
turned balusters; C17 altar table, vigorously expressed, with deep
ovolo faces and shaped diagonally-set legs. Light moulded plaster
ceiling with oval-ended central panel. Fine set of tablets in chancel
to Aston family, 1635-1839, notably Thomas (died 1635), Magdalen (died
1635), Sir Willoughby Aston 1641-1702, Dame Rebecca 1737, Sir Thomas
Aston (by Nost) and his brother John erected by their heir 1697. In
the nave a good plaque to Thomas Hibbert, steward to Sir Willoughby
Aston, and C19 tablets.
A most pleasing late C17/early C18 church, inside and out, damaged by
bombs during the 2nd World War and subsequently carefully restored and
Raymond Richards Old Cheshire churches: Pevsner and Hubbard The
Buildings of England; Cheshire

Listing NGR: SJ5557878464

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