St Paul's Church, Boughton

St Paul's Church, Boughton
St Paul's Church, Boughton

St Paul's Church, Boughton, from the southeast

St Paul's Church, Boughton is located in Cheshire
St Paul's Church, Boughton
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°11′31″N 2°52′21″W / 53.1919°N 2.8724°W / 53.1919; -2.8724
OS grid reference SJ 418 665
Location Chester, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Churchmanship Open Evangelical Charismatic
Website St Paul's Chester
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 10 January 1972
Architect(s) John Douglas
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Completed 1905
Materials Red brick with stone dressings; timber framing
Slate roofs
Parish St Paul, Chester
Deanery Chester
Archdeaconry Chester
Diocese Chester
Province York
Vicar(s) Rev Steve Pendlebury
Reader Richard Price, Liz Pendlebury, Sylvia Walley, Ray Walley
Churchwarden(s) Dave Cooke-Fox, Keith Gregory

St Paul's Church, Boughton, overlooks the River Dee in the city of Chester, Cheshire, England. The church has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building,[1] and is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Chester and the deanery of Chester.[2] In the series Buildings of England, the architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner stated that he regarded it as "the boldest of Douglas' church designs".[3]



The first church on the site was built in 1830 in stuccoed brick. Its style was Italianate with round-headed windows and a northwest campanile. The architect was William Cole the younger.[4] It was virtually rebuilt in 1876 to a design by John Douglas, who added the south aisle in 1902, and the spire in 1905.[5]



The church is built in red brick with stone dressings and in timber framing with brick and plaster panels. The roof has grey and grey-green slates. Its plan consists of a through nave and chancel of four bays plus an apsidal bay, a south aisle, a west porch and a broach spire at the west end.[1] Most of the windows are lancets.[5]


Pevsner commented that the strength of the interior lies in its timber-work.[6] The walls are decorated with stencilled patterns in the Arts and Crafts manner.[1] The wrought iron screen is by Douglas. The stained glass dated 1887 in the north aisle is by Kempe and that in the baptistry is by Frampton. The rest of the stained glass was made by Morris & Co. Two of the windows were designed by Burne-Jones, others by Morris himself, and the latest windows dating from 1925–27 are by Henry Dearle. The reredos is a war memorial dated 1920 by H. G. Hiller. Also in the church is a monument from the older church dated 1845.[5] The three-manual organ was built by James J. Binns of Leeds.[7]

See also

  • List of church restorations, amendments and furniture by John Douglas


  1. ^ a b c "Church of St Paul, Chester", The National Heritage List for England (English Heritage), 2011,, retrieved 1 May 2011 
  2. ^ St Paul, Chester, Church of England,, retrieved 27 February 2011 
  3. ^ Pevsner & Hubbard 2003, p. 35.
  4. ^ Thacker, A. T.; Lewis, C. P. (eds.) (2005), Churches and religious bodies: Modern parish churches, A History of the County of Chester: Volume 5 part 2: The City of Chester: Culture, Buildings, Institutions, Victoria County History, pp. 159–162, ISBN 9781904356035,, retrieved 4 June 2009 
  5. ^ a b c Hartwell et al. 2011, p. 280.
  6. ^ Pevsner & Hubbard 2003, p. 172.
  7. ^ Chester St. Paul, British Institute of Organ Studies,, retrieved 16 August 2008 

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