For this church:
The structure of this stone church goes back to the 12th century. The south doorway is Norman but not in its original order, it having been reconstructed at some point.
The building consists of a chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and a west embattled tower with pinnacles and which contains 5 bells. The south door, with upright battens, may well be 13th century, as are the aisles. Both arcades have circular piers and double-chamfered arches, though the south aisle is clearly the earlier of the two.
One lancet window exists in the chancel, evidently of the 13th century, but many windows were renewed late in the 17th century when the interior was re-done. There are 3 stained glass windows erected in 1877 as memorials for the late Dowager Countess of Carnarvon, who died in 1876.
There are two incised alabaster slabs with early Renaissance detail for Roger Greenhalgh, died 1563 and his wife, died 1538. There is a good series of hatchments and two of the earliest slate headstones in the county, one dated 1631, in the churchyard.
In the chancel are excellent 17th and 18th century monuments to the Molyneux family. The best is that for Sir John (d1691) and his wife, excellent work in the cartouches, and two busts in niches. Also there is a bust of Sir Francis, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, 1812, by Josephus Kendrick.
The appeal of the church is ‘the exceptional completeness’ of its 17th century furnishings – box pews throughout and a squire’s pew on large barley-sugar columns and with unglazed windows. There are altar rails with balusters, an altar table, a combined pulpit and reading desk, a 17th century timber roof and a west gallery, all completing the picture.
This church is currently being researched, a full entry will appear in due course.