St Peter's Church, Macclesfield

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St Peter's Church, Macclesfield
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St Peter's Church, Macclesfield, from the southeast
St Peter's Church, Macclesfield is located in Cheshire
St Peter's Church, Macclesfield
St Peter's Church, Macclesfield
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°15′12″N 2°07′04″W / 53.2534°N 2.1179°W / 53.2534; -2.1179
OS grid reference SJ 922 729
Location Windmill Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Peter, Macclesfield
Dedication Saint Peter
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 28 October 1984
Architect(s) Charles and James Trubshaw
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Completed 1849
Materials Stone, tile roofs
Parish Macclesfield Team Parish
Deanery Macclesfield
Archdeaconry Macclesfield
Diocese Chester
Province York
Rector vacant
Reader(s) Judith Gibson

St Peter's Church is in Windmill Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Macclesfield, and the deanery of Macclesfield.[1] It forms a team ministry with three other Macclesfield churches: St Michael, All Saints, and St Barnabas.[2] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[3] It was a Commissioners' church, having received a grant towards its construction from the Church Building Commission.[4]


St Peter's was built in 1849, and designed by Charles and James Trubshaw. It was planned to have a spire, but this was never built. A grant of £257 (equivalent to £20,000 in 2015)[5] was given towards its construction by the Church Building Commission.[4] The interior was re-ordered in 2005.[6]



The church is constructed in rubble stone with tiled roofs. Its architectural style is Early English. The plan consists of a five-bay nave with a clerestory, north and south aisles, a chancel, a northeast vestry, and a southwest tower. The tower is in four stages with corner buttresses, and an embattled parapet with corner pinnacles. There are doors on the west and southwest sides, lancet windows in the second stage, circular clock faces in the third stage, and paired louvred bell openings in the top stage. Along the sides of the church the bays are divided by buttresses, each bay containing a lancet window. The clerestory contains gabled dormers. The east window in the chancel is a stepped triple lancet.[3]


Inside the church is a west gallery. The nave is divided from the aisles by five-bay arcades carried on circular piers whose capitals are decorated with stiff-leaf carving. The bowl of the font has blind trefoil arcading, and is carried on clustered shafts. The wooden lectern is elaborately carved.[3] The organ was built in 1891 by Young.[7] There is a ring of eight bells, all of which were cast in 1947 by John Taylor & Co of Loughborough.[8]

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  1. ^ St Peter, Macclesfield, Church of England, retrieved 14 March 2012 
  2. ^ About us and contact, St Michael and All Angels Church, Macclesfield, retrieved 14 March 2012 
  3. ^ a b c Historic England, "Church of St Peter, Macclesfield (1290477)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 14 March 2012 
  4. ^ a b Port, M. H. (2006), 600 New Churches: The Church Building Commission 1818-1856 (2nd ed.), Reading: Spire Books, p. 331, ISBN 978-1-904965-08-4 
  5. ^ UK Consumer Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Gregory Clark (2016), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)",
  6. ^ Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 456, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6 
  7. ^ Cheshire, Macclesfield, St. Peter (J00100), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 14 March 2012 
  8. ^ Macclesfield, S Peter, Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers, retrieved 14 March 2012