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Warrington (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SJ 60375 92833



2/18 Church of St Oswald

9/8/1966 GV I

Church. Bases of north arcade early C13; walls of Legh Chapel and Organ Chamber 1330; west tower 1358; walls and north arcade of nave (except Legh Chapel and Organ Chamber) 1580; South Porch 1720; south arcade of nave rebuilt in 1836 reusing the probably C14 stones; Chancel/Sanctuary and Vestry by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin for 13th Earl of Derby 1847-9; external stonework, including tracery, restored C19 and C20. Of sandstone with roofs of lead or other metal.

West tower with recessed spire; aisled nave of 6 bays; south porch; chapel in east bay of each nave aisle; chancel and sanctuary; north vestry.

Tower of 3 stages with stone spire has diagonal buttresses; replaced double door of oak; 3-light reticulated west window with restored figures of Saints Anthony and Oswald in a niche to each side, and with St Anthony's pig carved to right; clock on west and east faces; 2-light bell-openings; crenellated parapet. Aisle and clerestorey windows of 4 lights have panel tracery; the clerestorey windows are above the crowns of alternate aisle arches; buttressed aisles have plain parapet north side, crenellated parapet south side. Steep-roofed chancel and sanctuary of 3-bays has sanctus bellcote on west gable and reticulated windows. The vestry is part of the same design. South porch has C20 replaced doors, square-set buttresses and crenellated parapet. Interior: South arcade on quatrefoil-section columns with bell caps; each north arcade pillar has 8 attached shafts and clumsily-carved caps. Camber-beam panelled oak roofs, of 1711 in their present form, to nave and aisles. Legh Chapel has a fine C16 panelled roof. Brass to Sir Peter Legh (dated 1527) in vestments and armour (ordained when widowed) and his wife. Monuments to Richard Legh (died 1687); Benet Legh (died 1755 aged 8), and relief (with angel, husband and baby); Mrs Ellen Legh (died 1831) by R J Wyatt, made in Rome. The Gerrard Chapel contains a damaged font circa 1400 and a brass to Peter Gerard, died 1495. The chancel and sanctuary contain rearranged pews, furnishings and glass designed by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin: an impressive ensemble.

The church contains an interesting sequence of medieval work, the exceptionally fine Legh Chapel and monuments and a good, furnished example of Pugin addition to an existing church.

Listing NGR: SJ6037592832


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 02 Apr 2002
Reference: IOE01/05832/05
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