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Description: Church of St Martin
Date Listed: 11 November 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 212919
OS Grid Reference: SJ7723892993
OS Grid Coordinates: 377238, 392993
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4332, -2.3441
SJ 79 SE SALE CHURCH LANE
3/160 Church of Saint
Church. 1714 for Joshua Allen with baptistery of 1874 by W.H.
Brakspear and tower of 1887 by George Truefitt for Sir Williams
Cunliffe Brooks. Ashlar and timber framing with graduated
slate and clay tile roofs. Wide nave with west gallery,
south porch, north baptistery and chancel with adjoining
tower and vestry to south, organ chamber to north. 4-bay
nave with porch (largely of 1887) in bay 1 in the same style
as the tower top. The other bays have 3-light chamfered
mullion windows with semi-circular heads in a C17 manner.
The bold square tower has a projecting plinth, 3 casement
windows at low level, datestone and a timber-framed clock
stage, most of the panels being open. It has a clock face,
gables on each side with moulded barge boards and is crowned
by an elaborate weather-vane. The east and west windows are
of 4 and 5 lights with intersecting tracery. The octagonal
baptistery with pyramidal roof is in a more conventional
post-Puginian Victorian Gothic style. There is a series of
headstones attached to the south wall dating from 1644.
Interior: chancel panelled with box pew ends. Double hammer
beam roof with convex curved wind braces, probably of 1714.
C16 octagonal front wrongly inscribed 1304, on C20 shaft.
C18 baluster-type font. Studded batten door from former
church (probably 1304). There has been a church on the site
since 850 AD and the site was a Saxon burial ground.
R. Richards, Old Cheshire Churches, 1973.
Listing NGR: SJ7723892993
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Source: English Heritage
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