St John the Evangelist's Church, Byley

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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 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
Dedication John the Evangelist
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
Materials Brick and stone
Roof of tiles
Parish Byley
Deanery Middlewich
Archdeaconry Chester
Diocese Chester
Province York
Rector Revd Simon Mark Drew

St John the Evangelist's Church is in the small village of Byley, Cheshire, England. It 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 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]


The church was built as a Commissioners' Church in 1847 to a design by J. Matthews. It cost £1,000 (equivalent to £80,000 in 2015),[4] the Church Building Commission giving a grant of £75 towards this.[5]


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]

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

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  1. ^ a b Historic England, "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 Consumer Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Gregory Clark (2016), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)",
  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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