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St Wilfrid

In 2020 St Wilfrid's celebrates 900 years of service to the community of Grappenhall in north Cheshire.

Grappenhall, Cheshire

Opening times

Everyone is welcome to visit St Wilfrid's from 10am to 4 Monday to Saturday inclusive.
Services are at 8am and 10am on Sundays and the church can be visited outside of worship on Sunday afternoons.
Please contact our church office if you would like a guided visit.

Address

Church Lane
Grappenhall
Cheshire
WA4 3EP

St Wilfrid’s is now at the heart of the Grappenhall conservation area, with its pubs and cricket ground by the Bridgewater Canal. In the Doomsday Book (1086) Grappenhall was laid waste by 'the harrowing of the north', but the Normans were enthusiastic church builders, and early in the 12th century, local masons were commissioned to create a small stone church which today forms the foundation of the present, mostly 16th century, building.

The church has a plaque with a continuous record of Rectors of Grappenhall going back to Robert of Gropenhale, who witnessed a charter in 1189. Throughout the turmoil of the reformation, civil war and then the 20th century aerial bombing that hit much of the Mersey valley, Grappenhall people have treasured their church and protected it’s artefacts. Today, babies can be christened in the Norman (maybe Saxon) font, which was saved from destruction by being buried during the reformation. Visiting schoolchildren (and distinguished historians) can see the fragile windows that in 1316 the Boydell family installed to illustrate their honoured Saints.

Around the church there are reminders of the generosity of parishioners through the centuries, from the 12th century parish chest; the Jacobean oak table; the bells dating back to 1700; a fine 19th century oak carving depicting the Last Supper and a similarly oak carved lectern and pulpit. They provide tangible evidence that St Wilfrid’s continues to serve local people, and be cherished by them.

Visible on the tower is a relief sculpture of a 'Cheshire Cat' which may have inspired the young Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll), whose father was vicar of the nearby Daresbury church. There is an inverted V shaped marking on the tower showing where the roof beams of the original St Wilfrid’s School were attached in 1712.

This is an active and growing church with midweek as well as Sunday services. Everyone is very welcome during the day, 7 days a week. Children love our knitted mouse trail!

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Wifi

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Church shop or souvenirs

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Grappenhall has an annual 'Walking Day', for pictures see our church website.

  • Our annual Christmas Fair usually attracts over 1000 people of all ages who enjoy chatting, going round the attractions and singing carols together as well as listening to the children's choir.

  • Church of England

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