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St George's Church, Poynton
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St George's Church, Poynton
Coordinates: 53°20′57″N 2°07′24″W / 53.3491°N 2.1232°W / 53.3491; -2.1232
OS grid reference SJ 919 836
Location Poynton, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St George, Poynton
Status Parish church
Dedication Saint George
Consecrated February 1859
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 17 November 1983
Architect(s) J. S. Crowther
J. Medland Taylor and
Henry Taylor (steeple)
Spire height 133 feet 10 inches (40.8 m)
Materials Stone, slate roofs
Parish St George, Poynton
Deanery Cheadle
Archdeaconry Macclesfield
Diocese Chester
Province York
Vicar(s) Revd Matthew Swires-Hennessy
Curate(s) Revd Aled Seago
Assistant Revd Christine Buckley.
Churchwarden(s) Dave McClelland
Helen Bradley

St George's Church stands in the centre of the town of Poynton, Cheshire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Cheadle, the archdeaconry of Macclesfield, and the diocese of Chester. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building. It is the tallest building in Poynton.


The original church in the town was a chapel of ease to St Peter, Prestbury, and was in existence by 1312. The present church was built in 1858–59 on a site nearer to the town centre to a design by J. S. Crowther. It was consecrated in February 1859 by the bishop of Chester. It became a separate parish in its own right in 1871. The steeple, designed by J. Medland Taylor and Henry Taylor, was added in 1884–85. In 1998 the interior of the church was re-ordered.



St George's is constructed in yellow rubble stone from the Hig Lane quarry, and has dressings in stone from Lyme Handley. It is roofed in slate. The plan consists of a nave with a six-bay clerestory, north and south five-bay aisles, a south porch, a chancel, and a steeple at the southeast corner. The tower has buttresses and an octagonal stair turret, and is surmounted by a broached spire with lucarnes. In the top stage are double louvred bell openings. Along the sides of the aisles are two-light windows, and along the clerestory are alternate two-light and circular windows. At the west end of the nave are two narrow lancet windows, above which is a sexfoil rose window. The east window has four lights containing Geometric tracery.


Inside the church is a three-bay arcade carried on octagonal piers. In the chancel are a stone sedilia and piscina. The stained glass in the east and southeast windows is by O'Connor (probably Arthur). At the east end of the north aisle is a window dating from about 1866 by John Adam Heaton. A window in the southwest of the church dating from about 1935 was designed by Edwin Wright, and commemorates the Mothers' Union. The two-manual organ was built in 1972 by Smethurst of Manchester, replacing a three-manual 19th-century organ by Nicholson and Lord that had been rebuilt by Austin Jones of Pendleton in 1925. There is a ring of six bells, all cast in 1887 by John Taylor & Co of Loughborough. There is a further, unused, bell dating from 1835 by Thomas Mears II at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.

External features

The churchyard contains the war graves of ten British service personnel, three of World War I and seven of World War II.

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