In 1385 Sir Hugh de Calveley endowed a college of priests at Bunbury. Standing in the centre of the chancel, his tomb is the earliest alabaster monument in Cheshire.
Discover the wonder of Cheshire's sacred heritage.
Holiday in Cheshire and discover a plethora of churches in this county of contrasts; from the county seat of Chester, founded as a Roman fort to rural villages with their black and white half timbered buildings; from market towns with local red sandstone buildings to the rich legacy left behind from the Industrial Revolution.
The history of Cheshire can be told through its churches
Here we share just a few with you, visit our map to discover many more.
Shrouded in the mists of time, Chester Cathedral tells tales of Celtic temples, Roman invasions and St Werburgh, a Mercian princess whose holy relics were hidden here from marauding pirates.
Known as the 'Cathedral of South Cheshire', this attractive 14th century building contains a most impressive collection of exquisitely carved medieval choir stalls and misericords.
Founded in 689AD by AEthelred, King of Mercia, as a Saxon Minster church, this is one of the finest pre Conquest churches in England, and the most impressive Norman church in Cheshire.
The birthplace of Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) the author of Alice in Wonderland. The Daniell Chapel contains the Lewis Carroll Memorial Window.
With a founding date of 1343, Marton's church just pips Lower Peover to the post to make it possibly the oldest timber framed church of its kind in Europe.
Owes many of its unique features to the patronage of the Stanley family; impressive mausoleum, tombs and the elevated Stanley Pew, sumptuously decorated with red furnishings.
An engineering marvel built in 1775 by local industrialist Charles Roe. Constructed of brick, this is a very early use of cast iron columns to support the galleries.
A truly remarkable building, famous for its 14th century timber framing. There are no stone pillars, instead huge oak beams and octagonal oak pillars keep this magnificent building upright.
An mix of 14th to 16th century architecture has created this unique and unusual church, don't miss the ornate canopied tomb chest with effigies of a man and woman holding hands.
A splendid example of a Victorian revival of mid gothic architecture built entirely of local sandstone. The lychgate is in memory of the Ismay family, who were local ship owners.
The splendid nave roof, barrel beam in design and unique in the area, is over five hundred years old and shows traces of its original brilliant colouring and gilt.
'Since being a teenager I have had a great interest in British history, but in particular the historical buildings that still stand today from past centuries' Join James Balme as he explores churches in Cheshire, read his story on our website here.
There are so many things to do in Cheshire and so many attractions to visit, you wouldn't want to miss a thing! And the bewitching beauty and atmosphere makes Chester one of Britain’s most popular places for an unforgettable stay.
Chester is located in Cheshire in the heart of the UK about 197m/317km from London. IYou can use Chester as a base for visiting the Peak District, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Snowdonia.
Cheshire has several major motorways passing through it, making travel into the area easy. By rail, Chester is only two hours from London where you can connect to local traing services. Crewe is the northern hub of the rail network. The nearest airports are Manchester Airport and Liverpool John Lennon,are both about 40 minutes by road.