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St Peter's Church, Delamere
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St Peter's Church, Delamere, from the south
Coordinates: 53°12′45″N 2°39′36″W / 53.2124°N 2.6600°W / 53.2124; -2.6600
OS grid reference SJ 560 686
Location Delamere, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Peter, Delamere
History
Status Parish church
Dedication St Peter
Architecture
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 3 January 1967
Architect(s) James Gunnery
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1817
Completed 1915
Specifications
Materials Ashlar buff sandstone
Welsh slate roof
Administration
Parish Delamere
Deanery Middlewich
Archdeaconry Chester
Diocese Chester
Province York
Clergy
Rector Rev. Angela Asquith
Laity
Churchwarden(s) David Unsworth, Patricia Tyson Jones, Glyn Roberts

St Peter's Church stands in an isolated position to the south of the village of Delamere, Cheshire, England. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building. It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Chester and the deanery of Middlewich.

History

The church was built in 1817 to a design by James Gunnery at the expense of the Freemasons. It is said to have been built to celebrate Wellington's victory at the Battle of Waterloo. It was much altered in 1878 and a vestry was added in 1915.

Architecture

Exterior

The church is built in ashlar buff Manley sandstone with a Welsh slate roof. Its plan consists of a west tower with a south porch, a two-bay nave, a south aisle, short transepts, and a single-bay chancel. It is in Decorated style. The small tower has diagonal buttresses and simple bands at each stage. On the south side is a clock face. The tower has an embattled parapet on a band containing gargoyles. Above this is a pyramidal cap.

Interior

Beneath the west window is a brass plaque recording the laying of the foundation stone and the architect's name. The stained glass in the east window is dated 1906 and is by Herbert Bryans. The two-manual organ was built by P. Conacher.

External features

In the churchyard is a buff sandstone sundial dating from the early 19th century. It consists of a bulbous baluster on a circular stone base with a capital of acanthus leaves which carries the original circular plate with italic Roman numerals. It is listed at Grade II. The churchyard also contains the war graves of a soldier of World War I, and a soldier and Royal Air Force officer of World War II.

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