St Peter's Church, Hargrave

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St Peter's Church, Hargrave
St Peter's Church, Hargrave.jpg
St Peter's Church, Hargrave, from the south
St Peter's Church, Hargrave is located in Cheshire
St Peter's Church, Hargrave
St Peter's Church, Hargrave
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°09′16″N 2°46′16″W / 53.1545°N 2.7710°W / 53.1545; -2.7710
OS grid reference SJ 485,622
Location Hargrave, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Peter, Hargrave
History
Dedication Saint Peter
Architecture
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 1 March 1967
Architect(s) John Douglas
Architectural type Combined chapel and school
Groundbreaking 1627
Completed 1890
Specifications
Materials Ashlar red sandstone
Red tile roof
Administration
Parish St Peter, Hargrave
Deanery Malpas
Archdeaconry Chester
Diocese Chester
Province York
Clergy
Vicar(s) Revd Paul Beynon Barrow

St Peter's Church is in the village of Hargrave, Cheshire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building,[1] and an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Chester and the deanery of Malpas.[2]

History[edit]

The church was built in 1627 as a combined chapel and school by Thomas Moulson, a former native of the village. He had moved to London and become a master grocer. He was Member of Parliament for the City of London in 1628 and Lord Mayor of London in 1634. Shortly before his death in 1638, he set up a trust to maintain the church and the school.[3] In 1812 its use as a school ended. As the state of the church had become neglected, a considerable restoration was carried out between 1878 and 1890, the first Duke of Westminster contributing £200 of the total cost of £600.[4] This restoration, with the addition of a vestry, is attributed to John Douglas.[5]

Architecture[edit]

Exterior[edit]

The church is built of ashlar red sandstone with a red tile roof. Its plan consists of a five-bay nave and chancel in one range, a vestry and a south porch.[1] At the west end is a bell turret with one bell and a clock on the south and west faces. The windows are square-headed and transomed. The porch has Jacobean stone ornaments and a 1774 panel containing the coat of arms of the Moulson family and an inscription relating to the founding by Thomas.[4]

Interior[edit]

The hammerbeam roof of 1774 survived the restoration, but all the old fittings and furniture were disposed of, except for the octagonal font. The parish registers begin in 1631.[4] The reredos was designed by John Douglas.[6]

External features[edit]

In the churchyard, south-east of the church, are two war graves of soldiers of World War I.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Citations

  1. ^ a b Historic England, "Church of St Peter, Foulk Stapleford (1130643)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 1 August 2012 
  2. ^ St Peter, Hargrave, Church of England, retrieved 2 January 2011 
  3. ^ Hargrave, Huxley & Hargrave Website, retrieved 9 September 2007 
  4. ^ a b c Richards 1947, pp. 178–180.
  5. ^ Hubbard 1991, p. 260.
  6. ^ Hubbard 1991, p. 278.
  7. ^ HARGRAVE (ST. PETER) CHURCHYARD, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 3 February 2013 

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