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Gallery: Churches of Cheshire

by Peter Kessler, 1 November 2020

Cheshire West & Chester Part 2: Churches of Frodsham to Malpas

Trinity Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Frodsham, Cheshire

Trinity Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Frodsham, is on the southern side of the High Street, just seventy metres or so east of St Luke's Catholic Church (see links). Methodists here started with prayer meetings in 1774. A barn meeting was replaced by a dedicated building in Chapel Lane (now Fluin Lane). In 1873 Trinity Chapel replaced that. Built in the Gothic style and with a spire 37.5 metres tall, only that now survives, the rest having to be rebuilt in the 1970s.

Church of St Peter, Aston-by-Sutton, Cheshire

The Church of St Peter, Aston-by-Sutton, is on the south side of Aston Lane, at the corner of the lane to Stable Yard Cottage. The first chapel here was built in the early sixteenth century, no later than 1542. All that remains of that is a stone in the churchyard which has been used for sharpening spears and knives. The chapel was damaged in the English Civil War and was refurnished and restored in 1637 by Sir Thomas Aston, and then had a new chancel added in 1697.

All Saints Church, Harthill, Cheshire

All Saints Church, Harthill, is at the north-west corner of the junction between Harthill Lane and The Green. A church existed on this site in 1280, but the present building was erected in 1609. The bell turret was added in 1862. It is mainly of ashlar red and buff sandstone, with a Welsh slate roof, a five-bay nave and chancel, south porch and vestry, and its own blocked priest's door. It closed fairly recently and in 2010 was converted into a community facility for the village.

Malpas Cemetery Chapels, Malpas, Cheshire

Malpas Cemetery Chapels, Malpas, stand on the north flank of the cemetery, on the western side of the junction between Chester Road and Oathills, north-east of the town itself. The cemetery was opened in 1873, covering a site of one hectare. The conjoined red-brick chapel block with central clock tower and bell tower consists of two separate chapels, east and west. They are included on the OS 25-inch map of 1897, but no OS maps care to point out which is for Anglicans.

All photos on this page kindly contributed by Douglas Law, via the 'History Files: Churches of the British Isles' Flickr group. Additional information by Douglas Law.



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