St Mary’s Church “The Cathedral of South Cheshire”
The Church is in the centre of the town and has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building. It has been called the “Cathedral of South Cheshire” and it is considered by some to be one of the finest medieval churches, not only in Cheshire, but in the whole of England.
The building dates from the 14th century, although a number of changes have since been made, particularly a substantial 19th-century restoration by Sir George Gilbert Scott. The church and its octagonal tower are built in red sandstone.
Features of the church’s interior include the lierne-vaulted ceiling of the choir, the carved stone canopies of the sedilia in the chancel, and the intricately carved wooden canopies over the choir stalls together with the 20 misericords at the back of the stalls.
The church is an active Anglican Parish Church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Macclesfield and the deanery of Nantwich.