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Tattenhall – St Plegmund

Tattenhall Road, Tattenhall, Cheshire CH3

A functional structure of the 1970s, intended to serve as the parish hall to a church which has not been built.

The church was built in 1971 and dedicated to a hermit on the Isle of Chester who rose to become Archbishop of Canterbury in the early tenth century.   Prior to its construction the scattered Catholic community had worshipped in a room at the Bear and Billet public house.  The intention was that the building would be the parish hall to a church which would be built when funds permitted; however, this has not happened, and the plot to the north is given over to gardens and a large grassed area for parking.  The building has changed little since the early 1970s; in recent times its external doors have been replaced and a dog-leg ramp run up to its principal (west) entrance. It is currently served from Malpas (qv).

St Plegmund’s is a plain building of rectangular plan form.   It is built of a dark charcoal and brownish brick and its shallow pitched roof is covered with machine- made roof tiles.  The west entrance gives on to a meeting area off which are accessed a kitchen and WCs.  The body of the church is illuminated by four windows along its north and south flanks.  With its low ceiling with strip lighting and rows of seats the church has the feel of the village hall.  The simple wooden altar is afforded no dais and the only means by which the body of the church is distinguished from the sanctuary is through the walls of the latter being decorated in a golden paint.

Heritage Details

Architect: Not established

Original Date: 1971

Conservation Area: Yes

Listed Grade: Not Listed