St Luke's Church, Lower Whitley

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St Luke's Church, Lower Whitley
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St Luke's Church, Lower Whitley, from the northeast
St Luke's Church, Lower Whitley is located in Cheshire
St Luke's Church, Lower Whitley
St Luke's Church, Lower Whitley
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°18′19″N 2°34′49″W / 53.3054°N 2.5802°W / 53.3054; -2.5802
OS grid reference SJ 614 789
Location Lower Whitley, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Parish of Aston-by-Sutton, Little Leigh & Lower Whitley
Dedication St Luke
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 8 January 1970
Architectural type Church
Materials Brown brick with sandstone dressings, grey slate roof
Bell turret of stone with slate spire
Parish Lower Whitley
Deanery Great Budworth
Archdeaconry Chester
Diocese Chester
Province York
Vicar(s) Rev Dr Collette Jones
Churchwarden(s) Darren Walter & Aelred McIntyre

St Luke's Church is in the village of Lower Whitley, in the civil parish of Whitley, 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. It is one of three parish churches in the parish of Aston-by-Sutton, Little Leigh and Lower Whitley. The other two being St Peter, Aston-by-Sutton and St Michael and All Angels, Little Leigh.[2] The three were previously individual parishes in a united benefice with St Mark, Antrobus.


The church on this site was originally a chapel of ease in the parish of Great Budworth. Its date of foundation is not known but in the later part of the 16th century it was in a "very ruinous condition" and was rebuilt on its original foundations by Thomas Touchet. Alterations were made during the 19th century, the major ones being in 1880 when the gallery was removed from the west end, a new organ was installed on the south side, a new pulpit was installed and the font was moved.[3] During this time a polygonal apse was added at the east end.[4]



The church is built in brown brick with sandstone dressings; the roof is of grey slates.[1] The plan consists of a west porch, a nave of four bays and a chancel of three bays.[3] The sanctuary is a polygonal apse.[5] At the northwest is a stone bell turret with a slate spire containing one bell.[1]

The Lych gate and its clock


The hammerbeam roof is intricately carved and is described as being "outstanding".[1] The pews date originally from the 17th century; their ends have panels and ball finials. The stained glass dates probably from the 1860s, and is probably by Clayton and Bell.[5] The two-manual organ was built around 1880 by Henry Willis and Company, with additions in 1907 by Rushworth and Dreaper, and alterations in 1950 by Kingsgate Davidson.[6] The parish baptism registers begin in 1777.[3]

External features[edit]

In the churchyard is a sundial dating probably from the mid 18th century. It is listed at Grade II.[7] The lychgate is a memorial to the First World War and incorporates a clock.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Church of St Luke, Whitley (1139134)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 4 August 2012 
  2. ^ Lower Whitley, St Luke, Church of England, retrieved 13 October 2009 
  3. ^ a b c Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: B. T Batsford, pp. 204–205, OCLC 719918 
  4. ^ Salter, Mark (1995), The Old Parish Churches of Cheshire, Malvern: Folly Publications, p. 45, ISBN 1-871731-23-2 
  5. ^ a b Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, pp. 439–440, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6 
  6. ^ Whitley, Lower; St. Luke, British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 11 August 2008 
  7. ^ Historic England, "Sundial, Whitley (1334367)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 4 August 2012 
  8. ^ Morant, Roland W. (1989), Cheshire Churches, Birkenhead: Countyvise, p. 147, ISBN 0-907768-18-0