England Travel

Marton Church

Marton Church is only a few minutes drive away from Siddington Church, which I blogged about recently. It is St James’ and St Paul’s Parish Church in Marton, Cheshire. This is a 14th century church, dating back to 1343. There still are some of its original features.

Marton Church exterior

The founders of the church were Sir John and Sir Vivian de Davenport. Their family seat was Capesthorne Hall (I will blog about that place soon). Their descendant, Sir William Bromley-Davenport, is the Patron of the Marton Church. The church retains the original timber frame of the nave. The tower dates to 1540. There are some paintings, as they were before the reformation, which is rather unique that they are still there.



This is one of two effigies of the founders.


 wall painted

This is the painted wall I mentioned above. The churches had intricate painted walls, with scenes from the bible and maybe a figure of the Patron with the Saints. After the reformation the walls were painted white and many of these decorations were lost. It’s quite impressive to see that one survived. These were discovered in 1930, as they spent hundreds of years hidden underneath plaster.



detail of lights



 back of Marton Church

 back of Marton Church

Marton Church

Visit Marton Church at The Vicarage, School Lane, Marton, Macclesfield, SK11 9HD.

5 Comment

  1. What a lovely church. It’s amazing how much of that wood has survived. Do you know the date of the wooden entry arch? How interesting that what was beneath the painted walls is now visible. I cringe when I think how much was lost during the Reformation.
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    1. I’m not sure about the arch, I don’t think I read about it.
      The painted walls are very special and rare. I only saw something similar a few times, as most disappeared during the reformation. It was so much destruction at that time, it’s really sad to think about it.

    1. The Tudor architecture is really lovely, isn’t it? The tower is Tudor, the rest is before that, but similar nonetheless. xx

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