We came to Nantwich in 2014 and I blogged it – before then it was when we were on a narrowboat in University days. Back in January 2022. The church of St Mary’s is rather gorgeous – last time there was a ramp to the Nave, now there is a wheelchair lift. The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Curtains are still rather stunning – even if they are 45 years old (am I really that old?). Lovely nativity.
The 1985 window by Michael Farrar-Bell, in memory of Albert Bourne, a local farmer, is worth another photo. It depicts God’s creation, showing Cheshire and world wild-life, stars and Halley’s comet, while Mr Bourne is shown walking his dog. The second window, also in the Nave, was designed by Henry Clarke (1889-1931), and installed in memory of Lt Richard Knowles, killed in 1918. The main figures are Richard Coeur-de-Lion, St Cecilia and St Mary.
Last time the Chancel was off limits for restoration work. The medieval misericords are stunning. I should read up the history and write a long blog about them – or you can just enjoy the pictures.
You must not forget to look up, or around.
In the South Transept is the alabaster and limestone memorial of 1614 to Sir Thomas Smith of Hatherton, Mayor and Sheriff of Chester, and his wife Anne. It was transferred here from Wybunbury church in 1982. I should have moved those three chairs – and I wish churches wouldn’t store tables etc in such close proximity.
It is a gorgeous church – so glad to come back.