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All Saints Chapel, Somerford
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All Saints Chapel, Somerford, west face
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OS grid reference SJ 815 648
Location Somerford, near Brereton Heath, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website All Saints, Somerford
History
Status Chapel of ease
Dedication All Saints
Architecture
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 14 February 1967
Architectural type Chapel
Completed 1725
Specifications
Materials Chequer brick
Administration
Parish Astbury and Smallwood
Deanery Congleton
Archdeaconry Macclesfield
Diocese Chester
Province York

All Saints Chapel, Somerford is in an isolated position near the hamlet of Brereton Heath, between Congleton and Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building. The chapel is in the Anglican benefice of Astbury and Smallwood in the deanery of Congleton, the archdeaconry of Macclesfield and the diocese of Chester.

History

It was built in 1725 as a domestic chapel to Somerford Hall by Peter Shackerley. Since 1943 it has been a chapel of ease. The hall, other than one wing and the stables, has been demolished.

Architecture

The chapel is built in chequer brick in four bays. All the corners have chamfered quoins. On the west face is a central doorway above which is a rectangular datestone. Above this is a round-arched window and a clock face. On the summit of the gable are ball finials. The eastern face has a three-light window above which is an oval oeil de boeuf window and finials similar to those on the west face. The north and south faces have four round-arched windows with ashlar surrounds.

Internally the lower parts of the walls are panelled. On top of the panels is a 19th-century frieze and cornice. At the western end of the chapel is a gallery which is supported by Corinthian columns and on the left of the gallery is an enclosed pew. At the eastern end of the chapel is a reredos with three painted panels. The left panel has an extract from St Matthew's Gospel and the right panel has the Creed. The central panel is overlaid by a 20th-century panel of embroidery. The east window was replaced in 1919 with a memorial window to three members of the Shakerley family who died in the First World War. On the north side of the altar is a 17th-century memorial to Elizabeth Shakerley who died in 1691.

External features

In the churchyard is the grave of Peter Shakerley, founder of the chapel, who died in 1726.

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