St Luke's Church, Lower Whitley

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St Luke's Church, Lower Whitley

St Luke's Church, Lower Whitley, is in the village of Lower Whitley, in the civil parish of Whitley, 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 Great Budworth. Its benefice is combined with those of St Peter, Aston, St Mark, Antrobus, and St Michael and All Angels, Little Leigh.


The church on this site was originally a chapel of ease in the parish of Great Budworth. Its date of foundation is not known but in the later part of the 16th century it was in a "very ruinous condition" and was rebuilt on its original foundations by Thomas Touchet. Alterations were made during the 19th century, the major ones being in 1880 when the gallery was removed from the west end, a new organ was installed on the south side, a new pulpit was installed and the font was moved. During this time a polygonal apse was added at the east end.


The church is built in brown brick with sandstone dressings; the roof is of grey slates. The plan consists of a west porch, a nave of four bays and a chancel of three bays. The sanctuary is a polygonal apse. At the northwest is a stone bell turret with a slate spire containing one bell.


The hammerbeam roof is intricately carved and is described as being "outstanding". The two-manual organ was built around 1880 by Henry Willis and Company, with additions in 1907 by Rushworth and Dreaper, and alterations in 1950 by Kingsgate Davidson. The parish baptism registers begin in 1777.

External features

In the churchyard is a sundial dating probably from the mid 18th century. It is listed Grade II. The lychgate is a memorial to the First World War and incorporates a clock.


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