|St. John the Evangelist at Byley||Foundation Plaque|
|Millennium Sundial||The Tower|
Byley is a pleasant little hamlet with a brick built church of 1846 and a modern village hall. The chapel is not ancient enough to feature in Raymond Richard's book on Old Cheshire Churches. Pevnser notes that it was a Commisioners' church, built with money provided by the government for church building in the early 19th century. The Incorporated Church Buildiing Society gives the architect as J. Matthews but there is another view that the church was designed by the Rev. Henry Massey, vicar of Goosetrey. The first stone was laid by the Rev. Isaac Wood, vicar of Middlewich, on July 29 1846. During the Second World War there was a an aerodrome near Byley and to the SE of the church there are some well-maintained servicemen's graves from World War II. When I visited in 2010 restoration work on the churchyard was in progress with a new footpath and plantings.
The Buildings of England: Cheshire, by Nikolaus Pevsner and Edward Hubbard, first edition 1971, Yale University Press edition in 2003.