Tuesday, 23 April 2013

St George's Church, Heaviley

St George's Church on Buxton Road at Heaviley was constructed between 1892 and 1897, to designs by Austin and Paley, led by Hubert Austin. The building was endowed by George Fearn, a local brewer. It is built of Runcorn sandstone with lead roofs, designed in a free perpendicular gothic style. The plan consists of a 6-bay nave with aisles, crossing tower, transepts, 2-bay chancel, north and south porches and large south east vestry. The west end has a pointed doorway with blind flanking arches, and large 7-light window above, flanked by octagonal turrets. Aisles have 5-light pointed west windows, 4-light north and south windows, with stepped, gabled buttresses to battlemented parapets. Porches have pointed doorways and battlemented parapets. Square-headed clerestory windows. The transepts have 6-light transomed windows with panelled buttresses. The chancel has a 7-light Tudor-arched east window, with figure of St George in a niche. North and south windows have 5-lights. The crossing tower has richly modelled elevations with blind arcaded panels, louvred openings and a battlemented parapet; crocketed corner pinnacles act as flying buttresses to the octagonal spire which is 230 foot high and a landmark in the area. It is a listed building.

Photograph taken: 30th April, 2009.

A contribution to the CDPB St George's Day theme and Our World Tuesday.


  1. Beautiful church and do love that flag outside. Greetings from Coventry...I am a follower now :).

  2. Somehow, the idea that this church was endowed by a brewer appeals to me!
    It has a very nice looking, sturdy spire.

  3. Very lovely old church. The spire is incredible.

  4. Beautiful church. Lovely photo for the theme!