St Mary's Chapel, High Legh

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St Mary's Chapel, High Legh
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St Mary's Chapel, High Legh is located in Cheshire
St Mary's Chapel, High Legh
St Mary's Chapel, High Legh
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°21′05″N 2°27′04″W / 53.3514°N 2.4511°W / 53.3514; -2.4511
OS grid reference SJ 701 839
Location High Legh, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Status Former parish church
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 5 March 1959
Architect(s) John Oldrid Scott
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic, Gothic Revival
Completed 1884
Materials Ashlar stone with tiled roof
Diocese Chester
Province York

St Mary's Chapel is a former Anglican parish church in the village of High Legh, Cheshire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building.[1]


The chapel was built around 1581 as a chapel of ease to High Legh East Hall. High Legh became a separate parish in 1817. The parish was refounded in 1973 with the nearby St John's Church as the parish church.[2] The hall has been demolished. The church was restored in 1836, another restoration was carried out by William Butterfield in 1858, and the chancel, designed by John Oldrid Scott, was added in 1884.[3]



The chapel is built in ashlar stone with a tiled roof. Its plan consists of a nave with aisles and a chancel. On the west front is a central porch with pilasters. Above the porch is a three-light Perpendicular window and on each side are two light perpendicular windows. On the gable is a square bell turret with a single bell. On the east front is a four-light 19th-century Perpendicular-style window.[1]


The ceiling has 19th-century pargeting with Tudor roses, fleurs de lys and stars. The pews in the nave dated 1858 are by Butterfield and the wainscotting and screens of 1884 by are by J. Oldrid Scott.[1]

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To mark the 2000 Millennium a carved stone was erected in the grounds of the chapel.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c Historic England, "Chapel of St Mary, High Legh (1139516)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 4 August 2012 
  2. ^ Bolton, Humphrey (January 2007), High Legh, Macclesfield District, Cheshire: History, Geograph, retrieved 16 January 2008 
  3. ^ Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 399, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6 
  4. ^ Thornber, Craig, A Scrapbook of Cheshire Antiquities: Leigh and Legh of High Legh: East Hall and its Chapel, retrieved 16 January 2008 

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