All Saints Church, Thelwall

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All Saints Church, Thelwall
Thelwall All Saints 2.jpg
All Saints Church, Thelwall, from the west
All Saints Church, Thelwall is located in Cheshire
All Saints Church, Thelwall
All Saints Church, Thelwall
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°22′56″N 2°31′41″W / 53.3821°N 2.5281°W / 53.3821; -2.5281
OS grid reference SJ 650 875
Location Thelwall, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website All Saints, Thelwall
Dedication All Saints
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 14 June 1984
Architect(s) James Mountford Allen
William Owen
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1843
Completed 1890
Materials Sandstone with slate roofs
Parish All Saints, Thelwall
Deanery Great Budworth
Archdeaconry Chester
Diocese Chester
Province York

All Saints Church is in the village of Thelwall, Cheshire, England. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated 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 Great Budworth.[2]


The origins of a church or chapel at Thelwall are unclear. It has been thought that a chapel was built by Richard Brooke of Norton Priory but a legal suit in 1663 suggests that there was a chapel on the site before this date. At this time Thelwall was in the parish of Runcorn. In 1663 the chapel on the site was restored by Robert Pickering. After this the chapel fell into disrepair. It was restored again and re-opened in 1782.[3] By the following century the church was too small for its congregation and in 1843 a new church was built and consecrated.[4] This consisted of a nave which was designed by J. Mountford Allen.[5] In 1856 the chancel was built at the expense of James Nicholson and the nave was extended by one bay.[4] In 1890 Henry Stanton commissioned a new north aisle, a new baptistry with a new font, and a new vestry.[6] The aisle and vestry, together with a north porch, were designed by William Owen.[1]


The church is built in sandstone with steeply pitched slate roofs. Its plan consists of a nave of six bays, a chancel of two bays, a north aisle and a west porch. A west bellcote has one bell.[1]

The chancel has a floor of marble and coloured glazed tiles. The reredos has two panels of Biblical scenes in marble which are separated by plaster angels.[1] In the church is a memorial to Edward the Elder who founded Thelwall in 923. This is dated 1907 and is by Eric Gill.[5] The frame of the memorial is by F. C. Eden and Helfar Bros.[1] From around 1884 the organ used had been built by Gray and Davidson, and in 1964 it was rebuilt by Jardine. By the 21st century the electrical control system had deteriorated and this was replaced in 2005 by a solid-state system made by John Lifton.[7]

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The churchyard contains war graves of three soldiers of World War I.[8]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Historic England, "Church of All Saints, Grappenhall and Thelwall (1139326)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 1 July 2013 
  2. ^ All Saints, Thelwall, Church of England, retrieved 28 January 2011 
  3. ^ History - Page 1, All Saints Church, Thelwall, retrieved 27 January 2008 
  4. ^ a b History - Page 2, All Saints Church, Thelwall, retrieved 27 January 2008 
  5. ^ a b Pollard, Richard; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2006), Lancashire: Liverpool and the South-West, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 628, ISBN 0-300-10910-5 
  6. ^ History - Page 3, All Saints Church, Thelwall, retrieved 27 January 2008 
  7. ^ Pipe Organ, All Saints Church, Thelwall, retrieved 27 January 2008 
  8. ^ THELWALL (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD, GRAPPENHALL, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 4 February 2013