St Peter's Church, Crewe

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St Peter's Church, Crewe
St Peter's Church, Crewe is located in Cheshire
St Peter's Church, Crewe
St Peter's Church, Crewe
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°05′54″N 2°26′00″W / 53.0982°N 2.4332°W / 53.0982; -2.4332
OS grid reference SJ 711 558
Location Earle Street, Crewe, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Peter, Crewe
Dedication Saint Peter
Dedicated 5 May 1923
Consecrated 29 April 1931
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 14 June 1984
Architect(s) J. Brooke and C. E. Elcock
Architectural type Church
Groundbreaking 1914
Completed 1923
Materials Sandstone, slate roof
Parish St Peter, Crewe
Deanery Nantwich
Archdeaconry Macclesfield
Diocese Chester
Province York
Vicar(s) Revd Jane Colley
Reader(s) Anne Marshall
Churchwarden(s) Lisa Smith and Joan Maltus

St Peter's Church is in Earle Street, Crewe, 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 that of All Saints and St Paul, Crewe.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2]


St Peter's began as a prefabricated mission church to St Paul's, Crewe, in 1894. In 1912 the structure was moved and re-erected elsewhere, being dedicated to All Saints the following year.[3] Building of the present church began in 1914 and was completed in 1923. The architects were J. Brooke and C. E. Elcock.[4] Construction of the church was delayed because of funding problems caused by the First World War. The new church was dedicated on 5 May 1923. St Peter's became a separate parish in its own right in 1931, and was consecrated on 29 April of that year.[3]


The church is constructed in red sandstone ashlar with a green slate roof. From the west its plan consists of a narthex, a two-bay baptistry with narrow aisles, which leads to a three-bay nave with wider aisles, then a two-bay chancel with an organ chamber on the north and a vestry on the south. Each bay of the wider aisles is gabled, the gables containing Perpendicular-style windows interspersed with lancet windows containing stained glass. On the west gable is a double bellcote surmounted by a cross finial.[2][4]

Inside the church, behind the altar, is a reredos carved with The Last Supper. The chancel contains a sedilia and choir stalls. The pulpit is in oak.[2] The stained glass includes windows by D. Brookes of Weirs Glass dating from the middle of the 20th century, and an earlier window in the baptistry depicting Saint Peter.[4] The organ was built in 1932 by Whiteley, and modified in 1984 by Sixsmith.[5]

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  1. ^ St Peter, Crewe, Church of England, retrieved 22 March 2012 
  2. ^ a b c Historic England, "Church of St Peter Crewe (1330091)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 22 March 2012 
  3. ^ a b Buildings & History, All Saints church, Crewe, and St Peter's church, Crewe, retrieved 22 March 2012 
  4. ^ a b c Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, pp. 310–311, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6 
  5. ^ Cheshire, Crewe, St. Peter (D04426), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 22 March 2012