St John the Evangelist's Church, Alvanley

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St John the Evangelist's Church, Alvanley

St John's Church, Alvanley, from the west
St John the Evangelist's Church, Alvanley is located in Cheshire
St John the Evangelist's Church, Alvanley
St John the Evangelist's Church, Alvanley
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°15′41″N 2°45′17″W / 53.2613°N 2.7547°W / 53.2613; -2.7547
OS grid reference SJ 498 741
Location Alvanley, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St John, Alvanley
History
Dedication John the Evangelist
Architecture
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 6 December 1985
Architect(s) J. S. Crowther
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Completed 1860
Specifications
Materials Red sandstone
Grey slate roofs
Administration
Parish Alvanley
Deanery Frodsham
Archdeaconry Chester
Diocese Chester
Province York
Clergy
Vicar(s) Revd Richard Tuckwell

St John the Evangelist's Church, Alvanley, is in the village of Alvanley, Cheshire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Chester and the deanery of Frodsham. Its benefice is united with that of St John the Evangelist, Manley.[1] The church is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building.[2] It is described by the authors of the Buildings of England series as "a building of some character".[3]

History[edit]

The church was built in 1860 to a design by J. S. Crowther at the expense of Catherine Emma Arden, the youngest daughter of Richard Arden, 1st Baron Alvanley.[2]

Architecture[edit]

Exterior[edit]

The church is built in red sandstone with gabled grey slate roofs in early Decorated style. Its plan consists of four-bay nave with north and south aisles under separate roofs, and a chancel with a north vestry. On the west end is a corbelled belfry with small steeple containing two bells. The windows contain either Geometric tracery, or Y-tracery. The gables have ornate cross finials.[2]

Interior[edit]

The arcades are carried on circular piers.[2] The stained glass dates from the early 20th century, and is probably by Shrigley and Hunt.[3] Also in the church is a wooden board giving the list of curates since 1677, and vicars since 1861.[4]

External features[edit]

In the churchyard are two tombs which are listed at Grade II,[5][6] and the war graves of a British and a Canadian soldier of World War I.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ St John the Evangelist, Alvanley, Church of England, retrieved 15 September 2011 
  2. ^ a b c d English Heritage, "Church of St John, Alvanley (1330157)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 27 March 2012 
  3. ^ a b Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 103, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6 
  4. ^ Morant, Roland W. (1989), Cheshire Churches, Birkenhead: Countyvise, p. 96, ISBN 0-907768-18-0 
  5. ^ English Heritage, "Noden tomb 10 metres west of west end of south aisle of Church of St John, Alvanley (1136542)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 27 March 2012 
  6. ^ English Heritage, "Griffin tomb 13 metres west of west end of south aisle of Church of St John, Alvanley (1138486)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 27 March 2012 
  7. ^ ALVANLEY (ST. JOHN) CHURCHYARD, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 2 February 2013