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Church of St Mary the Virgin

A Grade II Listed Building in Wistaston, Cheshire East

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Latitude: 53.0789 / 53°4'44"N

Longitude: -2.4772 / 2°28'37"W

OS Eastings: 368130

OS Northings: 353625

OS Grid: SJ681536

Mapcode National: GBR 7V.B4SD

Mapcode Global: WH9B4.XWK0

Entry Name: Church of St Mary the Virgin

Listing Date: 12 January 1967

Last Amended: 15 May 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1138557

English Heritage Legacy ID: 57015

Location: Wistaston, Cheshire East, CW2

County: Cheshire East

Civil Parish: Wistaston

Built-Up Area: Crewe

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Wistaston St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Chester

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Listing Text

SJ 65 SE
8/105 Church of St Mary the
Virgin. (Formerly
listed as Church of
12.1.67 St Mary)


Church, dated R.P.1827 on inscribed brick, by George Latham of Northwich
with additions and alterations of 1884 and 1905. Red Flemish bond
brick with a slate roof. Western tower, nave and chancel. Astylar
Tower of three stages and of square plan. Western face: stone plinth
common to whole building. Slightly projecting door surround with
stone surrounded pedimental top. C19 double doors with fanlight
over. Abutting the door surround is a ½-glazed barrel-vaulted walkway
connecting the church with the parish hall of 1905. (Neither the
walkway nor the hall are listed). Stone band above, Square window to
the ringing chamber of 3 x 2 panes with a stone sill. Stone band
above this below the belfry stage which has an arched window set in a
relieving arch with a stone band at the level of the springing.
Cyma-moulded string course above this below the level of the parapet
which has stone corner piers with obelisk finials. The North and
South sides have quarter-circular projections joining them with the
western end of the nave at the level of the lowest stage. These each
have one-quarter conical roofs. Above this both sides are similar to
the western face save that the window of the bell chamber is replaced
by a circular stone clock face with a moulded edge. Nave: North
face; four round-arched windows with stone sills and a central stone
panel which is rectangular and blank. Similar to south side but with
a projecting lower transept to right hand bay of 1882 in similar style
to the earlier building and with 2 round-arched windows to the west
and one to the east and southern sides. Hipped roof. The vestry
which has a keyed oculus window adjoins the east side and also the
chancel which was rebuilt and extended in 1882 and has one southern
and two northern windows and three eastern lights all of round arched
form and all having panelled ashlar surrounds. The eastern gable end
has a gable in the form of an open pediment.
Interior: The nave ceiling has 3 Panels, the central one being
octagonal with a large rosette to the centre bordered with anthemia.
The chancel screen is richly moulded and has an inscription - TO THE
1889. Oak panelling to chancel with oval sunflowers to the upper
panels and Agnus Dei and Alpha and Omega signs to the reredos. The
right hand chancel window is to a design of Burne-Jones and was made
by William Morris and Co.
Source: Nikolaus Pevsner - The Buildings of England : Cheshire
and Edward Hubbard

Listing NGR: SJ6813053625

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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