- St Alban's Church, Tattenhall
St Alban's Church, Tattenhall
St Alban's Church, Tattenhall, from the south
Coordinates: OS grid reference SJ 486 585 Location Tattenhall, Cheshire Country England Denomination Anglican Website Tattenhall, St Alban History Dedication Saint Alban Architecture Status Parish church Functional status Active Heritage designation Grade II* Designated 1 March 1967 Architect(s) John Douglas Architectural type Church Style Gothic Revival Specifications Materials Ashlar red sandstone
Green slate roof
Administration Parish Tattenhall Deanery Malpas Archdeaconry Chester Diocese Chester Province York Clergy Rector Revd Lameck Mutete
St Alban's Church, Tattenhall is in the village of Tattenhall, Cheshire, England. The church has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building. It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Chester and the deanery of Malpas. Its benefice is combined with that of All Saints, Handley.
It is thought that a church may have existed on this site at the time of the Norman conquest. The tower and parts of the present church date from the early 16th century. The church was restored and largely remodelled in 1869–70 by John Douglas. During this time the remains of an earlier church which had been destroyed by fire were discovered. Also discovered were a skeleton of a large man outside the north wall and a coffin containing bones under the floor of the church.
The church is constructed of ashlar red sandstone and it has a green slate roof. The plan consists of a four-bay nave, five-bay north and south aisles, a two-bay chancel, a three-stage west tower and a south porch. The tower has a west door above which is a three-light window. On either side of this are square tablets which are carved with shields and initials, the significance of which is not known. The belfry windows are of three lights above which is a string course with gargoyles. The top is embattled. The south porch, which was dated 1672, was replaced in 1893 by one of timber and plaster.
In the church is a brass chandelier dated 1755. On the south wall of the chancel is a stained glass window which contains some medieval glass and depicts images of St Alban and St Stephen, and the coat of arms of the Touchet family. In the south aisle is a window by Kempe dated 1896. The stained glass in the east window is by Hardman and dates from about 1870. The glass from a similar date in the west window is by Lavers and Westlake. The ring consists of six bells. Three of these are by Henry Oldfield II and dated 1596, two are by Gabriel Smith and dated 1710, and the other bell dated 1904 is by John Taylor and Company. The parish registers begin in 1654 and the churchwardens' accounts are from 1764.
- List of church restorations, amendments and furniture by John Douglas
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- ^ Tattenhall, St Alban, Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi, http://www.cvma.ac.uk/jsp/location.do?locationKey=558&mode=COUNTY, retrieved 2 January 2011
- ^ Hartwell, Claire; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) , Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 626, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6
- ^ Tattenhall S Alban, Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers, http://dove.cccbr.org.uk/detail.php?searchString=Tattenhall&Submit=++Go++&DoveID=TATTENHALL, retrieved 11 August 2008
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