St Wilfrid's Church, Mobberley

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St Wilfrid's Church, Mobberley
St Wilfrid's Church, Mobberley.jpg
St Wilfrid's Church, Mobberley, from the north
St Wilfrid's Church, Mobberley is located in Cheshire
St Wilfrid's Church, Mobberley
St Wilfrid's Church, Mobberley
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°19′06″N 2°18′58″W / 53.3182°N 2.3161°W / 53.3182; -2.3161
OS grid reference SJ 791 803
Location Mobberley, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Wilfrid's Parish Church, Mobberley
Dedication St Wilfrid
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade I
Designated 5 March 1959
Architect(s) J. S. Crowther
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic, Gothic Revival
Completed 1888
Materials Ashlar stone
Grey slate roof
Parish Mobberley
Deanery Knutsford
Archdeaconry Macclesfield
Diocese Chester
Province York
Rector Rev Ian Blay

St Wilfrid's Church stands to the north of the village of Mobberley, Cheshire, England.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building.[2] It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Macclesfield and the deanery of Knutsford.[3] Alec Clifton-Taylor includes it in his list of 'best' English parish churches.[4]


When the church was undergoing restoration in 1888 remains of a Saxon church were found.[5] The earliest written evidence of a church on the site is in 1206 when Patrick de Mobberley founded an Augustinian priory. This was short-lived as by 1240 it had been annexed to the priory of Rochester in Staffordshire.[6] The oldest part of the present building dates from about 1245. At that time it consisted of a continuous nave and chancel under one roof, with narrow side aisles, and a detached tower.[5] In 1450 a clerestory and new roof were added, and the aisles were widened. The tower was replaced in 1533 when the old one had become ruined.[6] In 1888 the chancel was largely rebuilt by J. S. Crowther and a chancel arch replaced the tympanum. The church has a long association with the Mallory family.[2][5]



The church is built in ashlar stone with a grey slate roof.[2] Its plan consists of a west tower attached to a four-bay nave with north and south aisles, a chancel with a vestry to the north, and a south porch.[7] The tower is in three stages separated by carved string courses. The summit is embattled.[5]


The low-pitched nave ceiling has cambered tie beams carried on short corbelled posts at the foot of which are figures of angels.[2] The rood screen dates from about 1500 and is richly carved. The authors of the Buildings of England series regard this as the best rood screen in Cheshire.[8] In the chancel are a carved ascending double sedilia and a piscina.[5] The piscina dates from the 13th century.[8] In the south window of the chancel is 14th-century stained glass consisting of the coats of arms of local families. There are also fragments of old glass in the windows of the south aisle.[9] Over the nave arcades are faded wall paintings where the figure of St Christopher can be recognised,[5] and on the north wall is a depiction of St George slaying the dragon.[6] The font has a Victorian bowl on a pedestal which is an inverted Tudor font.[5][6]

At the west end is a ringers' gallery which opens into the church. According to the church's website, the organ was moved from Manchester's Free Trade Hall and had been the property of Sir Charles Hallé.[6] In the church is a memorial window to George Mallory who, with Andrew Irvine lost his life climbing Mount Everest in 1924.[5] The window is by A. K. Nicholson.[8] There is a ring of six bells. Four of these are dated 1772 by Thomas Rudhall and the other two were recast in 1891 by John Taylor and Company.[10] The parish registers begin in 1578.[5]

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In the churchyard is a cross base which consists of a massive square sandstone block with a square socket partly occupied by a chamfered square shaft which may have once carried a cross. A sundial plate with a broken gnomon is attached to its top. It is listed at Grade II.[11] The churchyard also contains the war graves of a soldier of World War I and another of World War II.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mobberley, Streetmap, retrieved 17 January 2011 
  2. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Church of St Wilfrid, Mobberley (1139554)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 14 May 2012 
  3. ^ St Wilfrid, Mobberley, Church of England, retrieved 17 January 2011 
  4. ^ Clifton-Taylor, Alec (1974), English Parish Churches as Work of Art, London: Batsford, p. 240, ISBN 0-7134-2776-0 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, pp. 237–242, OCLC 719918 
  6. ^ a b c d e History, St Wilfrid's Parish Church, Mobberley, retrieved 15 August 2007 
  7. ^ Salter, Mark (1995), The Old Parish Churches of Cheshire, Malvern: Folly Publications, pp. 52–53, ISBN 1-871731-23-2 
  8. ^ 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. 484–485, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6 
  9. ^ Mobberley, St Wilfred, Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi, retrieved 2 January 2011 
  10. ^ Mobberley S Wilfrid, Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers, retrieved 11 August 2008 
  11. ^ Historic England, "Cross base in St Wilfrid's Churchyard, Mobberley (1229876)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 14 May 2012 
  12. ^ MOBBERLEY (SS. WILFRID AND MARY) CHURCHYARD, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 3 February 2013 

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