SHOCKLACH

Grid Ref. for Church: SJ 431 501
09 July 2005

 

St. Edith's spacer church
St. Edith's, Shocklach   St. Edith's, Shocklach
West end   From the NW
From the West   From the North West
Door arch   Cross
The decorated door arch   Stump of the cross

 

St. Edith's at Shocklach lies off the main road and is only about half a mile from the River Dee. It is dedicated to St. Edith of Polesworth, believed to be a sister of Edward the Elder. The church was built by the lord of the manor about 1150. The site of the castle lie a few hundred yards to the north east but little is now visible.

The Nave is almost entirely 12th century but the chancel is 14th century. Against the west wall are two large buttresses. The south door archway dates from about 1150 and is a good example Norman work. Compare it with the one on the Norman Chapel at Prestbury. At one time the manor was owned by the Brereton family (see notes on the Breretons of Shocklach) and then passed by marriage to the Egertons of Ridley, who sold it in the time of Charles 1. On the tower one can see the arms of the Breretons and Egertons.

Like most churches in Cheshire, the church cross is broken about 3 feet above the plinth. Most were damaged during the Civil War and Commonwealth period. The church registers date from 1538 and the churchwardens' accounts from 1725. About 100 yards from the church is a small brick barn used by the vicar and church wardens to stable their horses. On the wall of the barn there is a description of the church. These pictures were taken in late afternoon in early July.

Source:

Old Cheshire Churches, with a supplementary survey of the lesser old chapels of Cheshire, completely revised and enlarged, by Raymond Richards, published by E. J. Morten, Didsbury, 1973, first published in 1947.

 

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