CHEADLE

Grid Ref: SK 009 433
2 Aug & 17 Oct 2003, 4 Feb 2014, 30 June 2021 & 23 Sept 2021

 

  Church  
  St. Giles in late afternoon, August 2003  
  West Gallery  
  The West Gallery, Sept 2021  
Organ   East Window
The Organ, Sept 2021   East Window, Sept 2021
St. Giles   Font
St. Giles the Abbot, Sept 2021       The font, Sept 2021
Fountain   Ceiling
The fountain just below the church, Feb 2014   Ceiling of the Nave, St. Giles the Abbot Oct 2003
Spire   Street Scene
The spire of St. Giles (Catholic church) Feb 2014   Street scene, Feb 2014
Catholic Church   Pugin Church
Pugin church from the Market Cross in 2003   Alternative view from the sunnier side
sundial   Cumberland House
Millennial Armillary Sphere in 2003   Cumberland House in 2003
Knitting   Knitting
Floral bollard cover, 2021   Bear with a daisy crochet work, 2021
Knitting   Knitting
Toadstool theme, 2021   Bee hive themed bollard cover, 2021

 

When I visited the Anglican church of St. Giles the Abbot in October 2003, it had just reopened after refurbishment. A neat partition has been placed across the back of the nave, under the west gallery, to give a meeting room and kitchen so that the building can be used more readily for parish events. The changes are very pleasing and do not detract from the overall balance of the church. The nave is light and lofty with a stunning red ceiling. The church itself is not ancient, being built in 1837-9 to the design of J. P. Pritchett. It formerly had three galleries but now only the west gallery remains. The original church was closer to the road on the same site. The church is not easy to photograph as it is on an eminence and the south side has many mature trees blocking the view.

Cheadle is perhaps best known for its Roman Catholic church, St. Giles, built by Pugin between 1841 and 1846. The church was funded by the Earl of Shrewsbury, from the Catholic family at nearby Alton. If you like Victorian Gothic Revival, this is the place to see it at its height, but on my visits so far I have not been able to photograph the interior. The steeple of St. Giles is so tall that one is forced to stand well back to photograph it and then other buildings intrude.

On my visit in 2021, under Covid restrictions, it was amusing to see the many bollard cosies made by knitting or crochet work, which gave locals and visitors a smile.

Sources:

The Buildings of England, Staffordshire, by Nikolaus Pevsner, Penguin, 1974, ISBN 0 14 071046 9

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