Greasby - Our Lady of Pity

A late church by F. X. Velarde, carried out on a modest budget, and small  in  scale.  The  exterior  is  given  an  element  of  drama  by  the inclusion of a tall tower, attached to the church by an arcaded entranceway, but the interior, which is defined by a series of low brick arches, is more striking. The church contains some original Velarde furnishings, including the high altar and a carved relief polyptych, and three expressive stained glass windows from the 1980s.

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Hale Barns - Holy Angels

The magnum opus of the architect Arthur Farebrother, who was a parishioner. The church is executed in monumental style and has a powerful and little-altered interior which owes a debt to Dom Paul Bellott’s design for the Benedictine Abbey of Quarr, Isle of Wight.

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Handforth - St Benedict

A dual-purpose church and parish hall of largely functional design by Reynolds & Scott, who built a great number of Catholic churches in the post-war years. There is some architectural variety in the treatment of the rooflines and ceiling.

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Hattersley - St James the Great

A small late 20th century estate church that provides an attractive interior although its external appearance is severe and unwelcoming. The 1982 building has no historic or architectural significance.

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Hazel Grove - St Peter

A good example of a medium-sized 1930s suburban church with a contemporary presbytery. The building contains original altars and pews, carefully retained in the 1980s re-ordering.  The 1965 narthex is a distinctive design that complements the 1930s building; both phases are by well-regarded North West architectural firms.

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Heald Green - Christ Church

A good example of a suburban post-war church, a confident, conservative design by the prolific Manchester practice of Reynolds & Scott.  The  interior  is  notable  for  the  collection  of  specially commissioned  original  fittings,  including  Stations  of  the  Cross  in stained glass by J E Nuttgens. Sensitive late twentieth century re- ordering has not detracted from the integrity of the interior.

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Heswall - Our Lady and St John

A simple but well-proportioned building by E. Bower Norris & F. M. Roberts, with a tall nave and tower in a prominent location on the approach to Heswall. The church has a calm and lofty interior which retains its original character and has been sympathetically re-ordered.

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Holmes Chapel - St Margaret Ward

A converted school building with late twentieth century alterations, not of special architectural or historic interest.

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Hoylake - St Catherine and St Martina

A  small  church  that  is  externally  unremarkable,  but  has  an unexpectedly  attractive  and  welcoming  interior.  The  combination  of passage aisles, a triforium gallery, dormer windows and barrel vault roof is original, and provides a level of spatial complexity that deserves to be protected. The building is cherished by the parish and maintained in good condition.

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Hyde - St Paul

A good example of a mid-nineteenth century urban church designed by Weightman, Hadfield & Goldie, one of several by them in this area. The interior retains good twentieth century fittings by Edmund Kirby and Adrian Gilbert Scott. The significance of the church is enhanced by Kirby’s 1899 east end and by the attached presbytery. Built on a hilltop, the church is a local landmark.

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Knutsford - St Vincent de Paul

A polygonal design of the 1980s, raised above the ordinary by the imported stained glass, possibly by the Harry Clarke Studio.

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Ludlow - St Peter

A powerful design of the interwar years by the Italian architect- engineer Giuseppe Rinvolucri, fusing Byzantine and Romanesque stylistic elements while taking advantage of modern construction techniques. The building has a major townscape presence, a spacious vaulted and top-lit interior, and some stained glass of note. The contemporary presbytery is also by Rinvolucri, but is more altered.

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Lymm - St Winefride

A modest building, with an attractive gabled frontage, rather secular in character. This was the first of many churches in the Diocese designed by Frank Reynolds.

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Macclesfield - St Alban

For some years the Pro-Cathedral of the Diocese of Shrewsbury, St Alban’s is an important early work by A. W. N. Pugin. The lofty, well-lit interior retains many nineteenth century fittings and features, notably the rood screen designed by Pugin (his first), and reordering has not harmed the qualities of the interior. Although the church tower was not completed, the building is a landmark on the west side of Macclesfield.

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Macclesfield - St Edward the Confessor

A good example of a suburban inter-war church, paid for by a local industrialist, Edward Lomas, and designed by Frank M. Reynolds. The interior  is  notable  for  the  good  quality  of  the  oak  fittings,  and  the church has an attractive elevated setting above the west side of the London Road. Sensitive re-ordering has not detracted from the integrity of the interior.

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Malpas - St Joseph

The church was converted from a former agricultural (probably stable) use in the late 1940s. It is a building of some historic interest and charm, with an atmospheric interior. It adjoins a late nineteenth century house and later buildings erected by the Sacred Heart Fathers. The buildings are under threat of redevelopment at the time of writing.

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Market Drayton - St Thomas Aquinas and St Stephen Harding

A good design of 1886 by Edmund Kirby, notable for its rich sanctuary furnishings, donated by the Clifford family. The external design, with its brick banding and Gothic detail, forms a good group with the similarly- detailed adjoining presbytery. Internally, the church is little altered; its external appearance is marred by a later porch addition, but there are currently (2011) plans for the replacement of this.

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Marple - Holy Spirit

A dual-purpose church and hall built on a post-war housing estate. The simple design provides a flexible, simple interior but the external appearance is somewhat forbidding due to the blind elevations.

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Middlewich - St Mary

A small church by Edmund Kirby, its materials, use of contrasting brickwork patterning, vesica motifs and elaborate roof timbering all typical  of Kirby’s  ecclesiastical work. However, the church lacks  the elaboration and strong character of many of his other commissions and has been reordered, with loss of original chancel furnishings.

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Mouldsworth - St Cuthbert by the Forest

A late, distinctive and little-altered rural church by the notable post- war Catholic architect F. X. Velarde. The brick-faced interior with its wide pointed arches has an Arts and Crafts character, reminiscent of the churches of Prior and Lethaby. The church contains good sculptural detail. The campanile is a local landmark and a characteristic Velarde design.

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