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IoE Number: 55623
Location: ST CHAD'S CHAPEL, CHESTER ROAD A41 (east of)
Photographer: Mrs Veronica Barraclough
Date Photographed: 16 July 2001
Date listed: 01 March 1967
Date of last amendment: 01 March 1967
Grade I

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TUSHINGHAM CUM GRINDLEY C.P. CHESTER ROAD A41SJ 54 NW(East of)3/80St Chad's Chapel.1/3/1967

TUSHINGHAM CUM GRINDLEY C.P. CHESTER ROAD A41 SJ 54 NW (East of) 3/80 St Chad's Chapel. 1/3/1967 GV I Chapel of ease, now chapel, rebuilt 1689-91 in irregular Flemish bond brown brickwork with graded grey slate roof. West tower; external stair to west gallery; 3-bay aisleless chapel, furnished as nave and chancel. Small pyramid-roofed tower has a replaced west door of oak, loophole above door, plain band at belfry floor, paired camber-headed bell-openings and weathercock. Southern verge of nave roof is flush with west face of tower; west end of nave modified, probably in 1822 to accommodate external flight of 10 stone steps to Vawdrey gallery. Vestry, projecting south from west bay of nave, has 2-light wooden Gothick window with rectangular leaded panes in recessed basket-arched openings. East of vestry 2 replaced 3-light rectangular wooden windows have leaded glazing, interlaced at heads of centre lights. Chancel bay has similar window, but no interlacing. Pair of round-arched east windows have inserted stained glass. North side has 3 windows all with interlaced leads in central lights. Triangular buttresses; coped gables have kneelers with ball finials. Interior: Oak Vawdrey gallery at west end has octagonal central panel decorated with a rose, with 2 rectangular panels to each side. Continuous nave and chancel has quarry-tile floor to central aisle, laid diagonally. Oak trusses on corbel-brackets have a king-post between tie beam and collar with 5 rectangular panels to each side decorated with a quadrant brace at each corner with a diamond and 4 darts at centre; between these panels and the principal rafters are 2 triangular panels, each decorated with a quadrant and a dart. Oak chancel screen of shaped splat balusters above a row of panels. Plain panelled pulpit; communion table with a high-backed family box pew to each side; simple nave pews with seat and back each of one oak board and round-topped ends to aisle; font in vestry. All furnishings of oak; a most satisfying late C17 interior. Tablets: Mary Stephens died 1800; Mary Vawdrey died 1822; John Murhall died 1834; Thomas Vernon died 1835. Framed Arms of George III. On north wall a board inscribed: This Chappel was Rebuilt by those worthy and well-disposed Benefactors Mr John Dod Mercer and Citizen of London by his last Will & Testament left 50:0:0: Mr John Bostock Senior of Macefaen gave 2:0:0: Mr William Darwell of Chester 1:0:0: Mr Thomas Brereton of Barnhill left by will 10:0:0: the interest of which is to be laid out for the repairs of this Chappel for ever: Mr Thomas Dod of Tushingham gave 5:0:0.

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