Rally cry for help to support the historic Church of St Oswald

A rallying cry has been raised to help secure the future of historic St Oswald’s Church in Winwick, Warrington, with the earliest parts of the current building dating from the 13th century.

Used as a base for Oliver Cromwell’s troops during the Civil War, it also witnessed the wedding of Titanic Captain Edward Smith.

Local resident Stuart Mann, who runs the Winwick and Hermitage Green Facebook page, said: ‘Years of slowly declining congregations, millions of pounds worth of restoration work and the pandemic have put church finances in dire straits. very delicate and unfortunately if something is not done soon it would not be an understatement to say that the focal point of our beautiful village could be at risk.

“You may or may not be a regular churchgoer, but I hope you would agree that Winwick and Hermitage Green without a functioning church simply wouldn’t be the same.

“Perhaps you or someone you know has been baptized, married, or confirmed in the church? Perhaps you sang “Little Donkey” or “Once in Royal David’s City” as a child at a Christmas carol concert? Perhaps you enjoyed Winwick’s beautiful lighted Christmas tree which shines brightly each year for all to see.

“Perhaps you cross the border from the church and smile at the incredible work local volunteers have done to bring color to the place we live and love?

“If you, like me, feel blessed to have such a wonderful church at the heart of our community, please be aware of its issues and, where possible, consider what we can do to help. For example , the church ALWAYS welcomes volunteers for upkeep and maintenance. Perhaps you are a tradesman who could spare the time to help with small jobs from time to time?”

The annual parish church meeting is held in the parish hall on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:45 p.m.

This is the meeting where churchwardens and CCP members are elected and they look at the previous 12 months and plan for the next 12 months.

Stuart added: “If you are free and willing, please come and learn more about our wonderful parish church and sadly the challenges it is currently facing.”

A church at Winwick is recorded in the Domesday Book and the earliest parts of the present church are the bases of the north arcade which date from the early 13th century, and the walls of the Legh Chapel and the organ chamber which date from 1330.

The west tower was built in 1358 and the walls and north arcade of the nave (except for the Legh Chapel and the organ chamber) date from 1580.

The church suffered extensive damage in 1648 when Oliver Cromwell stationed his troops there after the Battle of Red Bank. The south porch was added in 1720 and the south arcade of the nave was rebuilt in 1836 reusing earlier stones. The choir, sanctuary and sacristy were rebuilt by Pugin in 1847-1849 for the 13th Earl of Derby. The spire was rebuilt and the church was restored in 1869 by the Lancaster partnership of Paley and Austin. On Thursday, January 13, 1887, Captain of the Titanic Edward Smith married Sarah Eleanor Pennington in the church.

Anyone interested in supporting or wanting to learn more, please use the following link http://www.stoswaldwinwick.church/contact.html

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