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Tower of Former Church of St Chad

A Grade II* Listed Building in Wybunbury, Cheshire East

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Latitude: 53.0453 / 53°2'42"N

Longitude: -2.4489 / 2°26'55"W

OS Eastings: 370004

OS Northings: 349872

OS Grid: SJ700498

Mapcode National: GBR 7W.D5PT

Mapcode Global: WH9BC.CQ39

Plus Code: 9C5V2HW2+4F

Entry Name: Tower of Former Church of St Chad

Listing Date: 12 January 1967

Last Amended: 15 May 1986

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1279389

English Heritage Legacy ID: 57020

Also known as: St Chad's Church, Wybunbury

ID on this website: 101279389

Location: Wybunbury, Cheshire East, Cheshire, CW5

County: Cheshire East

Civil Parish: Wybunbury

Built-Up Area: Wybunbury

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Wybunbury St Chad

Church of England Diocese: Chester

Tagged with: Church building English Gothic architecture Inclined tower Church tower

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SJ 74 NW
11/110 Tower of former Church
of St Chad. (Formerly
listed as Church of St
G.V. II*

Church Tower C15 or C16. Sandstone ashlar with lead roof. Square
tower of 5 stages. Western front: Moulded projecting plinth with
chamfered top and string courses between stages, all common to whole
building. Clasping buttresses to lower body (probably of early C19
date) dying to diagonal buttresses via broaches. Central doorway with
richly moulded deep reveal (probably recarved in the C19). Quatrefoils
to spandrels and niches to either side with crocketed ogee heads each
containing a sculpture of a bishop. Pair of decorated square panels
above immediately below the brattished string course. Central window
above with 3-light interlacing tracery in casement moulded surround of
C19 date. Niches to either side with statues under projecting canopies
with crocketed spirelets above. Brattished string course above.
Central niche to third stage similar to those at the second stage here
holding a statue of a king with sword. The fourth stage has a central
square wrought iron clock face. The fifth stage has two 2-light belfry
openings under a common ogee hood-mould. Above are a row of decorated
square panels. There are gargoyles to the angles and centre. The
battlemented parapet has crocketed pinacles to the corners. The North
and South faces are similar save for the lack of niches and the door
and that they each have a 2-light window to the third stage. The rear
has a cambered archway originally giving access to the church the ridge
of which rose to the top of the second stage. The third stage has a
lancet but no clock face. The tower lists to the north due to the
sandy soil on which it is built. At the time of the re-survey (1985)
it is in danger of collapse. In 1833 the earlier church was demolished
and the tower straightened by James Trubshaw who erected a new body
consisting of nave and chancel loosely based upon the previous
building. This was in turn replaced in 1892-3 by a church by James
Brooks which was demolished c.1976.
Source: Nikolaus Pevsner & Edward Hubbard -
The Buildings of England:Cheshire.

Listing NGR: SJ7000449872

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