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Church of St Mary

A Grade I Listed Building in Nether Alderley, Cheshire East

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Latitude: 53.282 / 53°16'55"N

Longitude: -2.2389 / 2°14'19"W

OS Eastings: 384170

OS Northings: 376141

OS Grid: SJ841761

Mapcode National: GBR DZTH.26

Mapcode Global: WHBBF.LR2T

Plus Code: 9C5V7QJ6+RF

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 14 April 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1138849

English Heritage Legacy ID: 58281

ID on this website: 101138849

Location: St Mary's Church, Nether Alderley, Cheshire East, Cheshire, SK10

County: Cheshire East

Civil Parish: Nether Alderley

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Alderley St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Chester

Tagged with: Church building English Gothic architecture

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This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 21/01/2020

SJ 87 NW

Church of St Mary

(Formerly listed under CHURCH DRIVE)


Church: C14 core, early C16 tower, early C17 additions, chancel of 1856 by Cuffley and Starkey, vestry dated 1860, general restoration 1877-78 by Austin and Paley. Ashlar buff and red sandstone. Kerridge stone-slate roof, four-bay nave and aisles, three-bay chancel, massive four-stage tower and south porch.

Porch has diagonal buttresses, crocketted pinnacles on the gable and a segmentally arched entrance. Studded oak door with iron strap hinges in pointed arch behind. South aisle has a three-light window with trefoil cusped heads and the two-storey exterior of the Stanley pew (approached by a flight of stone steps to the right) with rectangular windows of five round-headed lights. Clerestorey with simple two-light windows. Chancel in Decorated style, the east window with reticulated tracery. North aisle has an inserted Jacobean dormer probably to light three-decker pulpit. Tower has diagonal buttresses and bands at each stage. Pointed arched doorcase with Victorian Decorated west window. Simple two-light window in third stage and a pair of louvred two-light Y-traceried bell openings above. Gorgoyles support an embattled parapet.

Interior: four-bay arcades on octagonal piers and with weakly pointed arches. South aisle contains the Stanley flying pew. Jacobean arcaded panelling to front with painted heraldry and a C18 Gothick hood. Inside is further panelling containing some medieval carving and a coved pyramidal Jacobean strapwork ceiling with a pendant. C18 musician's gallery has arms of Stanleys and other local landowners and now contains an organ of 1875 In chancel two Victorian recumbant effigies, the first Lord Stanley by Richard Westmacott jnr, the second Lord Stanley by George Nelson with cosmatiesque work and a brass panel showing Lady Stanley and her ten children.

C14 font with plain circular bowl with carved head bosses on a cluster of four columns is very similar to Prestbury. Nave has a panelled barrel roof with cambered moulded tiebeams and the aisles have moulded panelled lean-to roofs (Pevsner and Hubbard).

The flying pew is unique in Cheshire, and the similarity of the tower with that in Mobberley suggests it is also by Richard Platt.

Listing NGR: SJ8417076141

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