St Michael's Church, Coppenhall

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
St Michael's Church, Coppenhall
St Michael's Church. Coppenhall.jpg
St Michael's Church, Coppenhall
St Michael's Church, Coppenhall is located in Cheshire
St Michael's Church, Coppenhall
St Michael's Church, Coppenhall
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°06′22″N 2°26′51″W / 53.1060°N 2.4474°W / 53.1060; -2.4474
OS grid reference SJ 702 566
Location Crewe, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Churchmanship Catholic
Website St Michael, Coppenhall
Founded c. 1373
Dedication Saint Michael
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 14 June 1984
Architect(s) James Brooks
J. Brooks, Son & Adkins
Architectural type Church
Groundbreaking 1883
Completed 1910
Materials Red brick with slate roofs
Copper-covered flèche
Parish Coppenhall
Deanery Nantwich
Archdeaconry Macclesfield
Diocese Chester
Province York
Rector Fr Charles Razzall
Churchwarden(s) Edna Machin
Randle Sambrook

St Michael's Church is in the Coppenhall area of Crewe, 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 Macclesfield and the deanery of Nantwich.[2]


A timber-framed church was built on the site around 1373.[1] The structure of the present church dates from 1883–86 when the chancel was built to a design by James Brooks. The nave was added to a design by J. Brooks, Son and Adkins in 1907–10.[3]



The church is built in red brick with slate roofs. Its plan consists of a four-bay nave with a clerestory, north and south aisles, transepts and a chancel with an organ to its north and a chapel to its south. Over the crossing is a copper-covered flèche. The church is built on a blue brick plinth and has a stone cill band and stone lancet windows.[1]


To the west of the church is the baptistery which contains a marble font with an oak crocketted cover. The reredos is painted in the style of an icon. The pulpit is of oak. On the walls are alabaster memorials and timber Stations of the Cross.[1] The three-manual organ was built around 1900 by Forster and Andrews, and rebuilt in 1977 with alterations, by Sixsmith.[4]

External features[edit]

The churchyard contains the double war grave of the twin Villiers-Russell brothers, Senior Sick Berth Attendants of the Royal Navy Auxiliary Reserve, who died in the torpedoing of HMS Formidable during World War I, in 1915.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Church of St Michael, Crewe (1330090)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 29 July 2012 
  2. ^ St Michael, Coppenhall, Church of England, retrieved 14 December 2010 
  3. ^ Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 310, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6 
  4. ^ Coppenhall Moss St. Michael, British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 15 August 2008 
  5. ^ COPPENHALL (ST. MICHAEL) CHURCHYARD, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 3 February 2013