Church of St Mary of the Angels, Hooton

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Church of St Mary of the Angels, Hooton
All Saints Church, Hooton.jpg
Church of St Mary of the Angels, Hooton, from the southeast
Church of St Mary of the Angels, Hooton is located in Cheshire
Church of St Mary of the Angels, Hooton
Church of St Mary of the Angels, Hooton
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°17′50″N 2°57′26″W / 53.2972°N 2.9573°W / 53.2972; -2.9573
OS grid reference SJ 363 782
Location Welsh Road, Hooton, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website St Mary's, Hooton
Status Parish church
Functional status active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 17 May 1985
Architect(s) E. J. Torver
Architectural type Church
Groundbreaking 1878
Completed 1879
Materials Sandstone
Diocese Roman Catholic Diocese of Shrewsbury
Priest(s) Peter Phillips
Minister(s) Betty Baker
Reader(s) Ann Cooper

The Church of St Mary of the Angels is in Welsh Road, Hooton, Cheshire, England. It is an active Roman Catholic parish church in the diocese of Shrewsbury.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2] The authors of the Buildings of England series state that it is "an individual design".[3]


The foundation stone of the church was laid on 24 March 1878, and the church was formally opened on 22 August 1879 by Edmund Knight, Roman Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury.[4] Its architect was E. J. Torver.[3] It was consecrated on 10 June 1883 by Arthur Riddell, Bishop of Northampton, due to the indisposition of Knight.[4]


The church is constructed in red sandstone. Its plan consists of a nave, a west porch, a chancel with a polygonal apse, a north chapel, also with an apse, and a vestry acting as a sacristy. On the ridge of the church is a bellcote. The porch contains panels depicting the symbols of the Evangelists. At the west end of the church is a rose window. Windows contain stained glass by Mayer of Munich.[2][3]

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The churchyard contains the war grave of a Royal Air Force officer of World War I.[5]

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  1. ^ Roman Catholic Churches of Hooton and Ellesmere Port, Four Parishes, retrieved 17 February 2012 
  2. ^ a b Historic England, "Church of St Mary of the Angels (Roman Catholic) (1326681)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 17 February 2012 
  3. ^ a b c Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 404, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6 
  4. ^ a b History, St. Mary of the Angels R.C. Church, Hooton, retrieved 17 February 2012 
  5. ^ ENGLISH, JOSEPH PATRICK FITZGERALD, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 20 February 2013