Lower Peover, St Oswald's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 14th century nave arcade of oak timbers
In 1322 a font was brought to Lower Peover from Norton Priory in Runcorn, where it was surplus to requirements. Though we can't say for certain when it was made, the decoration suggests a Norman date. The style is very simple, with two sets of rolled moulding at the top and bottom of the lead-lined bowl.
The Shakerley family inherited Hulme Hall from the Grosvenors in the 15th century, and their family crest; a hare and wheatsheaf symbol, can be seen throughout the church, particularly on several of the box pews. There are memorials to generations of the family in the Shakerley Chapel, which occupies one end of the Grosvenor Chapel to the south of the chancel. One of the most interesting is the memorial to Sir Godfrey Shakerley who died in 1696
By the font are two bread cupboards, dated 1720 and 1739, used to distribute loaves of bread to the poor in accord with a bequest. The practice is continued to this day.
A fascinating folk tale is associated with the chest; it is said that in the medieval period a young woman needed to be able to lift the chest lid with one arm if she wanted to marry a local farmer. This probably has some basis in fact, for the farmers' wives in this area needed to be able to handle the large and heavy rounds of Cheshire cheese made locally.
Outside in the churchyard is an 18th century sundial on a slender shaft, and immediately beside the churchyard is a 17th century schoolhouse (look for the blue plaque).
St Oswald's is an experience; it is unlike almost any other country church I have visited. The timber structure and the wonderful Jacobean woodwork throughout make this an historic site to remember.
About Lower Peover
Address: The Cobbles, Crown Lane, Lower Peover, Cheshire, England, WA16 9PZ
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Website: Lower Peover
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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