St Peter's Church, Minshull Vernon

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St Peter's Church, Minshull Vernon
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St Peter's Church, Minshull Vernon, from the northeast
St Peter's Church, Minshull Vernon is located in Cheshire
St Peter's Church, Minshull Vernon
St Peter's Church, Minshull Vernon
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°07′51″N 2°28′38″W / 53.1309°N 2.4773°W / 53.1309; -2.4773
OS grid reference SJ 682 594
Location Middlewich Road, Minshull Vernon, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Peter, Minshull Vernon
Dedication Saint Peter
Consecrated 12 December 1849
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 20 December 1983
Architect(s) John Matthews
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1847
Completed 1849
Construction cost £1,700
Materials Stone, slate roofs
Parish Leighton-cum-Minshull Vernon
Deanery Nantwich
Archdeaconry Macclesfield
Diocese Chester
Province York
Vicar(s) Revd Philip Goggin
Churchwarden(s) Jim Britcliffe and Ron Gallimore

St Peter's Church is in Middlewich Road, Minshull Vernon, 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 St Leonard, Warmingham.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building.[2] It was a Commissioners' church, having received a grant towards its construction from the Church Building Commission.[3]


The parish of Minshull Vernon was formed in 1840, and the earlier church stood on a different site nearer to where Leighton Hospital now stands. This church was damaged by fire and was demolished.[4] St Peter's was built between 1847 and 1849 to a design by John Matthews,[5] and consecrated on 12 December 1849.[1] A grant of £150 was given towards its construction by the Church Building Commission,[3] the total cost of its building being £1,700 (equivalent to £160,000 in 2015).[4][6] A north transept to accommodate the organ was added in 1903,[4] and this was extended in 1913 by Harold Sheldon.[5] Electricity was installed in the church in 1959, and a new vestry was added to the west end of the church in 1966.[4]


The church is constructed in stone with slate roofs. Its plan consists of a four-bay nave, a north porch, a chancel that is narrower and lower than the nave, a north transept for the organ, and a south vestry. On the west gable is a double bellcote. Most of the windows are lancets, with a triple lancet at the east end. Inside the church is an oak pulpit and a lectern in the shape of an eagle. On the north wall of the chancel is a trefoil-headed sedilia. The choir benches are carved with poppyheads.[2] The stained glass in the east window was installed in 1879.[4] The glass in the north window of the chancel was moved from a Congregational church in Cheadle in 1974. Stained glass was added to the small window above the chancel arch to celebrate the millennium.[7] Seven further stained glass windows, from a redundant church in Cheadle, were added in 2016. These windows, and the refurbishment of the choir vestry, were dedicated by the Right Rev. Peter Forster, Bishop of Chester, on 3 July 2016, the 50th anniversary of the vestry's original dedication.[8] The three-manual pipe organ was built in 1847 by Wadsworth.[9]

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The churchyard contains the war grave, standing east of the church, of a soldier of World War I.[10]

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  1. ^ a b St Peter's, Leighton-cum-Minshull Vernon, Crewe, Church of England, retrieved 21 March 2012 
  2. ^ a b Historic England, "Church of St Peter, Minshull Vernon (1330057)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 21 March 2012 
  3. ^ 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 
  4. ^ a b c d e History of Leighton-cum-Minshull Vernon, Family History Society of Cheshire: Crewe Group, retrieved 21 March 2012 
  5. ^ a b Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 483, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6 
  6. ^ 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)",
  7. ^ Information, St Peter's Church, Leighton-cum-Minshull Vernon, retrieved 21 March 2012 
  8. ^ Added by the then church warden who was present
  9. ^ Cheshire, Leighton-cum-Minshull Vernon, St. Peter (D06248), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 21 March 2012 
  10. ^ ROBINSON, J, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 3 February 2013