Warburton, St Werburgh's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The exterior gives little clue as to what lies within; it is a combination of stone and brick, with an early Georgian tower and an intriguing 'hearse house' (which is exactly what it sounds like; a shed for storing an undertaker's hearse). The interior is a historic gem; the highlight is the structure of the building itself. The roof is supported on rough timber posts rather than the usual stone pillars.
There is lovely Jacobean woodwork in the pulpit and communion rails. There is an octagonal font, inscribed with the date 1603 and the words 'William Drinkwater the Keeper'.
The pews might appear of a similar age, but they are, in fact, early 19th century additions. There are also several 12th century stone coffins, probably used for priors of the Premonstratensian abbey which once stood next to St Werburgh's.
This delightful ancient church is no longer in regular use, which seems a real shame. It is cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust, and we must be thankful that they have seen fit to preserve this piece of English heritage for us to enjoy.
About Warburton, St Werburgh's Church
Address: Warburton, Greater Manchester, England, WA13 9SS
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: 6 miles east of Warrington, off the A6144 and Wigsey Lane/Church Green
Website: Warburton, St Werburgh's Church
Churches Conservation Trust
Photo Credit: David Dixon, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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