St Philip's Church, Alderley Edge

St Philip's Church, Alderley Edge
St Philip's Church, Alderley Edge

St Philip's Church, Alderley Edge, from the south

St Philip's Church, Alderley Edge is located in Cheshire
St Philip's Church, Alderley Edge
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°18′16″N 2°14′19″W / 53.3044°N 2.2387°W / 53.3044; -2.2387
OS grid reference SJ 841 786
Location Alderley Edge, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Philip, Alderley Edge
Dedication St Philip
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 6 July 1984
Architect(s) J. S. Crowther
F. P. Oakley
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1853
Completed 1903
Materials Sandstone, slate roof
Parish Alderley Edge
Deanery Knutsford
Archdeaconry Macclesfield
Diocese Chester
Province York
Vicar(s) Rev Patricia (Jane) Parry

St Philip's Church, Alderley Edge, is in the village of Alderley Edge, Cheshire, England. The church has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building.[1] It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Macclesfield and the deanery of Knutsford.[2] The architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner described it as "large, ambitious, and unmistakably prosperous-looking".[3]



St Philip's was designed by the Manchester architect J. S. Crowther, and was his first independent work. It originated in 1851–52 when the nave, the south aisle and the chancel were built. In 1856–57 the north aisle, a further bay on the west of the church, and a steeple to the south of the church, were added.[4] A vestry was added in 1903 to a design by F. P. Oakley.[1]



The church is built in hammer-dressed sandstone rubble with ashlar dressings. The slate roof is in bands of three colours.[1] Its architectural style is Decorated.[4] The plan of the church consists of a six-bay nave with north and south aisles, each under its own ridge, a three-bay chancel, a hexagonal vestry, and a southwest tower with a spire. The tower is in four stages with angle buttresses and the spire has three levels of lucarnes.[1]


In the north wall of the chancel is a sedilia, and in the south wall is a piscina. The carved reredos of 1903 depicts the Last Supper. The choir stalls, pulpit and organ screen, all dated 1907, are panelled.[1] These were designed by Percy Worthington.[4] In the south aisle is a stained glass window made by Morris & Co. dating from 1873.[1] These include figures designed by Edward Burne-Jones and Ford Madox Brown. Elsewhere are windows dating from 1933–35 by Powells.[4] The three-manual organ was built by Wadsworth of Manchester and was rebuilt in 1962 by Jardine and Company, also of Manchester.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Church of St Phillip, Alderley Edge", The National Heritage List for England (English Heritage), 2011,, retrieved 1 May 2011 
  2. ^ St Philip, Alderley Edge, Church of England,, retrieved 11 September 2009 
  3. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; Hubbard, Edward (2003) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 56, ISBN 0-300-09588-0 
  4. ^ a b c d Hartwell, Claire; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 90, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6 
  5. ^ Alderley Edge St. Philip, British Institute of Organ Studies,, retrieved 16 August 2008 

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