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20 June 2001, 9 July 2005 & 14 Aug 2013

Marbury Church   Pulpit
St. Michael and All Angels   The Pulpit
Window   Ceiling
Poole Family Commemorative Window   Nave Ceiling
Plaque   The Nave
Bell ringing record of 1836, base of tower   The Nave in 2014
Sun Dial   Banner
Sun dial   Church banner
Porch   Gargoyle
The Porch   Gargoyle

The church at Marbury must have one of the most pleasant settings of any in England. It is in a tranquil village, away from motorways, railways and airports, overlooking a beautiful lake. Ideally you should visit on a warm day in Spring or Summer. After having lunch in the village pub and inspecting the church you can sit on a bench overlooking the lake to watch grebes and herons. From Marbury you can go on to see Wrenbury, which also has an interesting church, and if it is Friday, Saturday or Sunday, call at the unusual second hand and antiquarian bookshop called Barn Books near Wrenbury.

In the church you can obtain a small booklet on the church written by the Revd. Mike Searle. It has two colour pictures, one of the church viewed from across the lake and one of the pulpit. The booklet states that there was a church was first mentioned in 1292 and was probably connected with nearby Combermere Abbey. Many alterations have taken place since that time including the building of the tower in about 1500. There has been a problem with subsidence of the South walls that probably goes back to the original construction. The pulpit dates from the reign of Henry VII and is one of the oldest in Cheshire; the oldest is at Mellor, now in the Stockport Metropolitan area. Near the font there is a list of vicars from 1530. The parish registers go back to 1538. Five of the six bells date from 1719 and the sixth from 1864. The clock was installed in 1849. The Lychgate was built to commemorate those from the village who fell in the Great War.

The stained glass window shown in the picture was created to commemorate the wife and two sons of William Halsted Poole, who died in the 1840s.

One of the newest features is the sun dial set on the South Wall as part of the Millennium celebrations. The banner, shown below, was in commemoration of the 450th anniversary of the Chester Diocese, in 1991. It was formed at the time of the Reformation. Before that time Cheshire was in the Diocese of Lichfield. At the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Henry VIII created the Diocese and for its cathedral used the existing Abbey of St. Werburgh.


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