Church of St Mary the Virgin, Wistaston

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Wistaston
Church of St Mary the Virgin, Wistaston

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Wistaston,
from the southwest

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Wistaston is located in Cheshire
Church of St Mary the Virgin, Wistaston
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°04′44″N 2°28′38″W / 53.0789°N 2.4772°W / 53.0789; -2.4772
OS grid reference SJ 682 536
Location Wistaston, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Mary, Wistaston
Dedication Virgin Mary
Consecrated 1828
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 12 January 1967
Architect(s) George Latham
Architectural type Church
Style Georgian
Completed 1905
Materials Brick with slate roof
Parish Wistaston
Deanery Nantwich
Archdeaconry Macclesfield
Diocese Chester
Province York
Rector Rev. Mike Turnbull

The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Wistaston is in the village of Wistaston, Cheshire, England). The church has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building.[1] It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Macclesfield and the deanery of Nantwich.[2]



It is believed that there has been a church or chapel on or near the present site for nearly 700 years. The first record of a rector goes back to 1379. The first church on the site would have been a wooden building. The existing records start in 1572. In 1827 the decision was taken that "due to decay it [the church] was unsuitable for public worship".[3] The present church was built in 1827–28 to a design by George Latham. The chancel was lengthened, and a transept was added in 1884.[4] Further alterations were made in 1905.[1]



The church is built in brick with a slate roof. Its plan consists of a west tower, a nave and a chancel.[1] The architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner considered that the church is "entirely Georgian" in style and that this style was maintained in the 1884 additions.[4]


The chancel has oak panelling with carvings of sunflowers. The reredos contains representations of the Agnus Dei and Alpha and Omega signs. The right hand chancel window is to a design of Burne-Jones and was made by Morris and Company.[1] In the church is a parish chest dated 1684 and a number of wall memorials dating from the 19th century.[5] The two-manual organ was built by Hill in 1884 and in 1890 it was moved from the west gallery to the south of the chancel.[6] The ring consists of eight bells. Six of these were cast by Gillett & Johnston in 1920 and the other two in 1982 by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d "Church of St Mary the Virgin, Wistaston", The National Heritage List for England (English Heritage), 2011,, retrieved 7 May 2011 
  2. ^ St Mary the Virgin, Wistaston, Church of England,, retrieved 13 February 2011 
  3. ^ St. Mary's Church, St. Mary's Church, Wistaston,, retrieved 28 January 2008 
  4. ^ a b Hartwell, Claire; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 682, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6 
  5. ^ Morant, Roland W. (1989), Cheshire Churches, Birkenhead: Countyvise, p. 191, ISBN 0-907768-18-0 
  6. ^ Wistaston St. Mary the Virgin, British Institute of Organ Studies,, retrieved 12 August 2008 
  7. ^ Wistaston S Mary, Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers,, retrieved 12 August 2008 

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