St Oswald's Church, Worleston

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St Oswald's Church, Worleston
St. Oswald's Church, Worleston after the restoration - - 277200.jpg
St Oswald's Church, Worleston, from the south
St Oswald's Church, Worleston is located in Cheshire
St Oswald's Church, Worleston
St Oswald's Church, Worleston
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°06′26″N 2°31′20″W / 53.1072°N 2.5223°W / 53.1072; -2.5223
OS grid reference SJ 651 568
Location Church Road, Worleston, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Oswald, Worleston
Dedication Saint Oswald
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 6 July 1984
Architect(s) C. Lynam
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1872
Completed 1874
Materials Stone, tile roofs
Parish St Oswald, Worleston
Deanery Nantwich
Archdeaconry Macclesfield
Diocese Chester
Province York
Priest(s) Revd Ann Lawson
Reader(s) Isobel Burnley
Ann Nicholas
Organist(s) G. Heap
Churchwarden(s) M. Alexander
Mrs. I. Burnley
Parish administrator Mr Gordon Flanagan

St Oswald's Church is in Church Road, Worleston, Cheshire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Nantwich, the archdeaconry of Macclesfield, and the diocese of Chester. Its benefice is combined with those of St Mary, Acton, St Bartholomew, Church Minshull, and St David, Wettenhall.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2]


The foundation stone was laid on 19 September 1872. The church was designed by C. Lynam, an architect from Stoke-on-Trent, and opened in November 1874. It sustained major damage by a fire in December 1997, and has since been rebuilt.[3]



St Oswald's is constructed in rubble stone with tiled roofs. Its plan is cruciform, consisting of a two-bay nave with a south porch, north and south transepts, and a two-bay chancel.[2] Over the crossing is a flèche.[4] Most of the windows are lancet windows. On the gables of the chancel, nave and transepts are cross finials.[2]


Inside the church, three steps lead up from the nave to the chancel, the risers of which bear an inscription. At the top of the steps is a low stone wall surmounted by a brass rail. A further three steps, also with risers baring inscriptions, lead up to the altar. The sanctuary has a mosaic floor.[2] On the south side of the sanctuary is a sedilia and a piscina. In the south wall of the chancel is a priest's door, and in the north wall a door leads into the vestry.[3] The circular pulpit is carried on seven shafts. The stone font is cup-shaped on a cruciform base.[2] The stained glass in the east window is by Kempe, and depicts a crucifix with Saint Mary, Saint John, Saint Oswald, and Saint Werburgh. In the north transept is a memorial window to Baron William Henry Schroder of nearby Rookery Hall. This was made by Morris & Co. and depicts the Good Shepherd and Saint Hubert. In the south transept are windows with depictions of Noah, Abraham, David, and Daniel. The glass in the west window includes images of Hannah with Samuel, and Saint Elizabeth.[3] The two-manual organ stands on the north wall of the chancel.[2][5]

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  1. ^ St Oswald, Worleston, Church of England, retrieved 27 February 2012 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Historic England, "The Church of St Oswald, Aston juxta Mondrum (1138654)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 27 February 2012 
  3. ^ a b c History, St Oswald's, Worleston, retrieved 27 February 2012 
  4. ^ Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 689, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6 
  5. ^ Cheshire, Worleston, St. Oswald (D06226), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 28 February 2012