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Church of St Oswald

A Grade I Listed Building in Winwick, Warrington

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Latitude: 53.4308 / 53°25'50"N

Longitude: -2.5978 / 2°35'52"W

OS Eastings: 360375

OS Northings: 392834

OS Grid: SJ603928

Mapcode National: GBR BX9R.CW

Mapcode Global: WH98K.2166

Plus Code: 9C5VCCJ2+8V

Entry Name: Church of St Oswald

Listing Date: 9 August 1966

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1278428

English Heritage Legacy ID: 405831

ID on this website: 101278428

Location: St Oswald's Church, Winwick, Warrington, Cheshire, WA2

County: Warrington

Civil Parish: Winwick

Built-Up Area: Winwick

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Winwick St Oswald

Church of England Diocese: Liverpool

Tagged with: Church building English Gothic architecture

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Church. Bases of north arcade early C13; walls of Legh Chapel and
Organ Chamber 1330; west tower 1358; walls and north arcade of nave
(except Legh Chapel and Organ Chamber) 1580; South Porch 1720; south
arcade of nave rebuilt in 1836 reusing the probably C14 stones;
Chancel/Sanctuary and Vestry by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin for
13th Earl of Derby 1847-9; external stonework, including tracery,
restored C19 and C20. Of sandstone with roofs of lead or other metal.

West tower with recessed spire; aisled nave of 6 bays; south porch;
chapel in east bay of each nave aisle; chancel and sanctuary; north

Tower of 3 stages with stone spire has diagonal buttresses; replaced
double door of oak; 3-light reticulated west window with restored
figures of Saints Anthony and Oswald in a niche to each side, and with
St Anthony's pig carved to right; clock on west and east faces;
2-light bell-openings; crenellated parapet. Aisle and clerestorey
windows of 4 lights have panel tracery; the clerestorey windows are
above the crowns of alternate aisle arches; buttressed aisles have
plain parapet north side, crenellated parapet south side. Steep-roofed
chancel and sanctuary of 3-bays has sanctus bellcote on west gable and
reticulated windows. The vestry is part of the same design. South
porch has C20 replaced doors, square-set buttresses and crenellated

Interior: South arcade on quatrefoil-section columns with bell caps;
each north arcade pillar has 8 attached shafts and clumsily-carved
caps. Camber-beam panelled oak roofs, of 1711 in their present form,
to nave and aisles. Legh Chapel has a fine C16 panelled roof. Brass
to Sir Peter Legh (dated 1527) in vestments and armour (ordained when
widowed) and his wife. Monuments to Richard Legh (died 1687); Benet
Legh (died 1755 aged 8), and relief (with angel, husband and baby);
Mrs Ellen Legh (died 1831) by R J Wyatt, made in Rome. The Gerrard
Chapel contains a damaged font circa 1400 and a brass to Peter Gerard,
died 1495. The chancel and sanctuary contain rearranged pews,
furnishings and glass designed by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin: an
impressive ensemble.

The church contains an interesting sequence of medieval work, the
exceptionally fine Legh Chapel and monuments and a good, furnished
example of Pugin addition to an existing church.

Listing NGR: SJ6037592832

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