St Mary’s Church, Nantwich

  • © Donald Insall Associates
  • © Jamie Moore, Recclesia
  • © Jamie Moore, Recclesia
  • © Andy Marshall
  • © Andy Marshall
  • © Andy Marshall
  • © Andy Marshall
  • © Andy Marshall
  • © Donald Insall Associates
  • © Andy Marshall

Application Type

AABC Conservation

Level of Award

Commendation

Region

North West

Local Authority Area

Cheshire East

Information about this scheme

Grade I listed St Mary’s was built principally between 1280 and 1390, with a pause in work as a result of the Black Death epidemic of some twenty years from 1349. As a local landmark, the Parochial Church Council was keen to create a closer connection between the church and community, inviting people to step inside and appreciate the fine interiors. A programme of work to clarify the church’s message and presentation with a series of phased re-ordering and repair works has been undertaken by specialist firms over the last 8 years. This included conservation of the choir stalls and the addition of a west screen containing welfare facilities. The changes are sensitive and appropriate to their context. The work has improved access, enhanced the aesthetic appeal of the building and facilitated greater community use. A significant rise in footfall demonstrates the project has achieved the original client aspirations to create a building that reflects the vibrancy of the community.

Credits

Architect

Donald Insall Associates

Client

St Mary's Church

Structural Engineer

Engineering & More

Main Contractor

Recclesia

Conservator

Nethercott & Co

Primary Use Class

Class D1h - Public Worship