St Werburgh's Church, Warburton, Cheshire

Address: Church Green, Warburton, Warrington, Greater Manchester, WA13 9SS
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A timber-framed haven near the ship canal

The ancient church of St Werburgh is 1,000 years old and is still a secluded place of peace despite its closeness to the M6, the Manchester Ship Canal and the industrial north-west.

Named after a Saxon abbess who became the patron saint of Chester, it is one of only 27 timber-framed churches in England. Inside, rough-hewn timber uprights support the roof beams, gnarled and twisted like the trees they once were.

Fixtures and furnishings show St Werburgh’s journey through time, from a 12th-century stone sarcophagus to the patch of 19th-century Minton tiles on the floor, giving you a strong sense of the many generations of ordinary people who have worshipped here and cherished their church.

Ideal to combine with a visit to the nearby St George’s at Carrington.

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Road directions

6 miles east of Warrington, off B5159 from A6144 and Wigsey Lane/Church Green

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Glazebrook (1.8 miles)

OS Reference No.

SJ 697 896

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Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walkround guides we have for this church.

 

 

 

PDF iconCheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside County Guide (PDF, 4.5mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside. Printed copies of the county guides are also available at the church.

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  1. Anonymous (09 Sep 2011, 17:06)

    Fascinating architecture and a really interesting 'little gem'.
    The information booklet is first class as were the information boards on 'Death through the ages'. We were particularly fortunate to have atmospheric music, being played live, when we visited on a heritage open day.
    Walk round the hamlet and see if you can spot the possible dinosaur's footprint in the slate enclosure wall round the stocks and old stone cross base.

  2. allan oakes (13 Apr 2013, 10:22)

    My 4 x g grandparents are buried here .
    We visited this beautiful church to look for their graves.
    Luckily ,the verger was in the grounds and I asked if he knew where Abraham Collins was buried - he took me straight to the grave ..and would you believe that the grave next to it had the headstone Ann Oakes - my wifes name ....I laughed - she went cold ..anyway ,all I can say is if you are in the area this church is a MUST to visit ..very rare to see architecture like this - enjoy
    allan oakes

  3. Janet Brown (05 Jul 2013, 15:28)

    I have visited this church many, many times over fifty years. However, the high point came last Christmas when I attended a candle-lit carol service there. It was a magical experience.

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St Werburgh's Church, Warburton, Cheshire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

Mown grass path through the churchyard to reach church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.