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We are very lucky to have 3 wonderful churches in the Parish:- Plumley Methodist Chapel in Plumley, St Oswald’s Church in Lower Peover and St John’s Church in Toft.  Please find some interesting details of these placed of worship below, with further information via the links in Places of Worship and Useful Links (to the right).

Plumley Methodist Chapel is a small chapel built for workers at Holford Hall but by the early 1800’s it had fallen into disrepair. A Mr George Dodgson, farmer and miller at Holford Mill (which was built in 1324 and closed in 1950) allowed local people to hold Methodist meetings at the mill. This led eventually to a chapel being built in the village in the early 1820’s, which was replaced by the present building in 1887.

St Oswald’s Church is a spectacular and important timber church with a stone W tower, said to be of 1582 but probably earlier. The aisled nave (13th-14thc.) is of four bays, and the slightly lower chancel of two, all timber work with box pews. The nave aisles continue alongside the chancel, the N aisle dating from 1624 and the S from c.1610. They now house an organ loft and vestry to the N and the Shakerley Chapel to the S. The three vessels have separate roofs, built by Salvin in his restoration of 1852, but originally the nave and its aisles shared a single roof. The church was founded in 1269, hence none of the fabric is 12th . What is at issue is the font, said to have been brought from Norton Priory in 1322.

St John’s Church, was built in 1854 by the Leycester family of nearby Toft Hall.  It was constructed of Cheshire sandstone with a tiled roof and is 150 feet long and 60 feet wide.  It has one bell.  The first entry in the Parish register is a marriage in 1855.  The earliest burial was on 4.4.1865 of Emma Theodosia Leycester.  Inside the church are stained-glass windows depicting biblical scenes. There is a carved stone font and a fine organ.  Outside the church  the Lynchgate, built of oak with a tiled roof, was renewed in 1984. (Extract taken from the BBC Domesday Reloaded Web Page.)



Churches in the Parish

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Tuesday, 04 October 2016


Plumley Methodist Church, Plumley

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St Oswald’s Church, Lower Peover

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St John’s Church, Toft

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St Oswald’s Church


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Plumley Methodist Chapel

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St John’s Church Toft

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