All Saints Church, Siddington

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All Saints Church, Siddington
All Saints Church, Siddington, west end
All Saints Church, Siddington is located in Cheshire
All Saints Church, Siddington
All Saints Church, Siddington
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°14′03″N 2°13′54″W / 53.2343°N 2.2317°W / 53.2343; -2.2317
OS grid reference SJ 845 708
Location Siddington, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website All Saints, Siddington
History
Dedication All Saints
Consecrated 1521
Architecture
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 14 April 1967
Architectural type Church
Completed 1894
Specifications
Materials Timber framing enclosed in brick
Kerridge stone-slate roof
Administration
Parish All Saints, Siddington
Deanery Congleton
Archdeaconry Macclesfield
Diocese Chester
Province York
Clergy
Vicar(s) The Revd Ian Arch

All Saints Church, Siddington is in the village of Siddington, Cheshire, England. The church is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building.[1] It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Macclesfield and the deanery of Macclesfield. It is the Parish Church of Siddington with Capesthorne, which includes Holy Trinity, Capesthorne, and Christ Church, Eaton, and is part of the benefice of Marton, Siddington with Capesthorne and Eaton with Hulme Walfield.[2]

History[edit]

There are records of a chapel at Siddington in 1337 and again in 1474. It was consecrated for preaching in 1521. It was originally a timber-framed building. By 1815 the walls were bulging and the timber-framing was strengthened by being enclosed in brick.[3] Restorations were carried out in 1853 and 1894.[4]

Architecture[edit]

Exterior[edit]

The chancel and the south porch retain the original timber-framing.[3] The west wall is painted to appear like timber-framing.[1] The roof is of Kerridge stone slates.[5] The plan of the church consists of a four-bay nave and a two-bay chancel, with a vestry projecting from its north wall, and a south porch. At the west end is a gabled bellcote.[1]

Interior[edit]

The wooden roofs of the nave and chancel are well preserved,[5] and the nave and chancel are separated by a 14th-century wooden screen.[3] The chancel walls consist of the original timber-framing while the brickwork of the nave is painted to simulate it.[1] All the church fittings are relatively new other than the pulpit which dates from 1633. The gallery at the west end was erected in 1786. The parish registers begin in 1722 and the churchwardens' accounts in 1781. All the church plate was stolen in 1792 and never recovered. A new set was given to the church in 1936 by the Bromley-Davenport family.[5]

External features[edit]

In the churchyard are graves of the Bromley-Davenport family from nearby Capesthorne Hall.[3] Also in the churchyard is a 16th-century cross base which has been listed at Grade II.[6] In addition the churchyard contains the war graves of a Tank Corps soldier and two Royal Air Force officers of World War I.[7]

Memorials[edit]

There is a memorial to Lieutenant Colonel Wilfrith Elstob VC DSO MC (1888–1918), recipient of the Victoria Cross in World War II, whose father was Vicar of All Saints.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d English Heritage. "Church of All Saints, Siddington (1106256)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 August 2012 .
  2. ^ Siddington, All Saints, Church of England, retrieved 15 October 2009 
  3. ^ a b c d Bilsborough, Norman (1983), The Treasures of Cheshire, Manchester: The North West Civic Trust, p. 153, ISBN 0-901347-35-3 
  4. ^ Thornber, Craig (2003 & 2005), A Scrapbook of Cheshire Antiquities: Siddington 
  5. ^ a b c Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, pp. 303–305 
  6. ^ English Heritage. "Cross base in Churchyard of All Saints, Siddington (1139286)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 August 2012 .
  7. ^ SIDDINGTON (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 3 February 2013 
  8. ^ Memorial to Lt. Col. W. Elstob VC, CarlsCam, retrieved 19 November 2011