St John the Evangelist's Church, Byley

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St John the Evangelist's Church, Byley
St John the Evangelist's Church, Byley
St John the Evangelist's Church, Byley is located in Cheshire
St John the Evangelist's Church, Byley
St John the Evangelist's Church, Byley
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°13′12″N 2°25′02″W / 53.2200°N 2.4172°W / 53.2200; -2.4172
OS grid reference SJ 722 693
Location Byley, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St John, Byley
History
Dedication John the Evangelist
Architecture
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 2 January 1986
Architect(s) J. Matthews
Architectural type Church
Construction cost £1,000
Specifications
Materials Brick and stone
Roof of tiles
Administration
Parish Byley
Deanery Middlewich
Archdeaconry Chester
Diocese Chester
Province York
Clergy
Rector Revd Simon Mark Drew

St John the Evangelist's Church, Byley, is in the small village of Byley, Cheshire, England. It 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 Chester and the deanery of Middlewich. Its benefice is combined with that of St Michael and All Angels, Middlewich.[2] The architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner regarded it as being "really very ugly" with a "minimum of motifs, but a maximum of materials".[3]

History[edit]

The church was built as a Commissioners' Church in 1847 to a design by J. Matthews. It cost £1,000 (£80,000 as of 2014),[4] the Church Building Commission giving a grant of £75 towards this.[5]

Architecture[edit]

The church is built in brick and stone with a roof of tiles. Its plan consists of a four-bay nave, a three-bay chancel which is narrower and less lofty than the nave, a north porch and a southeast tower. The tower has a stone parapet and a steep pyramidal roof. On the west end gable is a bellcote.[1] The organ was built in 1860 by the Imperial Pipe Organ Company.[6]

External features[edit]

The churchyard contains the war graves of 18 Commonwealth service personnel of World War II.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b English Heritage, "Church of St John the Evangelist, Byley (1138459)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 2 April 2012 
  2. ^ St John the Evangelist, Byley-cum-Less, Church of England, retrieved 3 November 2009 
  3. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; Hubbard, Edward (2003) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 123, ISBN 0-300-09588-0 
  4. ^ UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2013), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
  5. ^ Port, M. H. (2006), 600 New Churches: The Church Building Commission 1818-1856 (2nd ed.), Reading: Spire Books, p. 331, ISBN 978-1-904965-08-4 
  6. ^ Cheshire, Byley, St. John the Evangelist (D04462), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 3 December 2010 
  7. ^ BYLEY (ST. JOHN) CHURCHYARD, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 3 February 2013 

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