St Paul's Church, Over Tabley

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St Paul's Church, Over Tabley
St Paul's Church, Over Tabley, from the southeast
St Paul's Church, Over Tabley is located in Cheshire
St Paul's Church, Over Tabley
St Paul's Church, Over Tabley
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°18′58″N 2°25′01″W / 53.3162°N 2.4169°W / 53.3162; -2.4169
OS grid reference SJ 723,800
Location Tabley Superior, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Paul's, Over Tabley
History
Dedication Saint Paul
Architecture
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 26 February 2009
Architect(s) Anthony Salvin
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1853
Completed 1855
Administration
Parish Over Tabley
Deanery Knutsford
Archdeaconry Macclesfield
Diocese Chester
Province York
Clergy
Vicar(s) Revd Jennifer Sara Croft

St Paul's Church, Over Tabley, is located in Tabley Superior, Cheshire, England. It stands beside the A556 road between the M6 and the M56.[1] It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Knutsford, the archdeaconry of Macclesfield, and the diocese of Chester.[2] The church is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building.[3]

History[edit]

St Paul's was built between 1853 and 1855 for Revd Joseph Horder at a cost of £1,316 (£110,000 as of 2014).[4] It was designed by Anthony Salvin. The land was given by the Langford-Brooke family of nearby Mere Hall, and the foundation stone was laid by Thomas William Langford-Brooke. The completed church was consecrated on 18 March 1855, but later that year it was severely damaged by a fire. It was restored, following Salvin's plans, and re-opened in 1856.[3]

Architecture and furnishings[edit]

Exterior[edit]

The church is constructed in sandstone, with slate roofs. Its architectural style is Early English. The plan consists of a three-bay nave, a north aisle, a two-bay chancel at a lower level, and a north vestry. At the west end is a square bellcote with shingle side and a hexagonal roof. On the gables are cross finials of differing designs.[3]

Interior[edit]

The interior walls of the church are plastered. Inside the church is an elaborate rood screen carved by F. H. Crossley in 1908; it is thought that more of the carvings in the church were executed by him.[3] These include those on the chancel roof including depictions of badgers (representing the Langford-Brooke family) and swans (representing Over Tabley}.[1] The stained glass in the east window and the south windows in the chancel is in memory of Thomas William Langford-Brooke. They were designed by Henry James Salisbury and date from about 1884. The west window is in memory of Henry Langford-Brooke and depicts Saint Peter and Saint Paul. In the nave are two windows by Christopher Whall dating from about 1900.[1][3] The original organ had been built in 1855 by Kirtland and Jardine, but it was replaced by an electronic organ in 1957.[5]

External features[edit]

In the churchyard is a monument that is included in the listing. It is the sandstone chest tomb of Henry Langford-Brooke, carved by Macdonald and Eric Gill in about 1909. It includes the representation of a stylised tree, and text in Gill Sans lettering.[1][3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 522, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6 
  2. ^ St Paul's, Over Tabley, Church of England, retrieved 27 January 2012 
  3. ^ a b c d e f English Heritage. "Church of St Paul (C of E) and the Langford-Brooke monument (1393155)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  4. ^ UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2014), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
  5. ^ Cheshire, Tabley, Over, St. Paul, Chester Road (J00053), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 29 January 2012