TARVIN

Grid Ref. SJ 491 669
19 October 2001, 25 April 2002 & 11 July 2005

 

Tarvin spacer Grammar School
Tarvin on a spring morning   The Old Grammar School, 1600-1939
St. Andrew's   From the SE
From the East on a July morning   From the South East
Nave   Arcade
The Nave   South Arcade
Capital   Screen
Detail of Decorated Capital in South Arcade   14th Century Screen in South Aisle
Font   Memorial
The 15th Century Font   Memorial to Elizabeth Angel who bore 20 children
Plaque   Green Man
Memorial Plaque with bullet hole   Green man on choir stall
George and Dragon   Georgian Houses
'George & Dragon'   Fine Georgian Houses from 1756

 

St. Andrew's has its entrance in the west wall of the 15th century tower. The original church was built in the late 12th century and belonged to the bishops of Coventry and Lichfield, who were the manorial lords. There was remodelling in the 14th century and from this period there is the south wall and south arcade. The Bruen chapel, south of the chancel retains 14th century windows but the windows in the south aisle were modified in the 18th century. Pevsner comments that the capitals of the south arcade have been recut or remade. The roof of the south aisle dates from 1380 but was covered with plaster for a time.

The remainder of the church was rebuilt in the 15th century apart from the chancel which was restored in the 18th century. The tower belongs to the late 15th century and the north aisle was added afterwards, with six arches on octagonal columns. The Bruen chapel has a 14th century screen and some interesting wooden memorials to John Bruen, 1605; Mary Tilston of Huxley, 1651; Mrs Jane Done, 1722 and the one shown in the photograph which reads:

Here lyeth the body of Elizabeth the wife to John Angel of Crowhurst in ye county of Surrey Esqr & only daug of Sr Robert Edolphe of Hinxhill in ye county of Kent Kt: she bore unto ye sd Jno: Angell 20 children but left after her aliive only 9 viz 6 sones William, Robert, John, James Justinian & Thomas & 3 daughs: Mary, Thomasin & Frances: she dyed ye 16 of March 1661 at Peele Hall being aged 62 yeares.

The hammer beam nave ceiling dates from 1650 and carries the names of "Raphe Wright, John Bruen, Churchwardens, Charls Boouth and Will Venables, Carpintrs" This roof was covered by lath and plaster in the 18th century but rediscovered during restoration in 1891. The East window is by Kempe (1892)

The vicars are known from Nicholas de Blaston in 1307.

Sources

The Buildings of England, Cheshire, by Nikolaus Pevsner and Edward Hubbard, Yale University Press, 2003, ISBN 0 300 09588 0
Old Cheshire Churches, with a supplementary survey of the lesser old chapels of Cheshire, completely revised and enlarged by Raymond Richards, first published in 1947 and reprinted by E. J. Morten, Didsbury, 1973.

 

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