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St Bertoline, Barthomley, Cheshire

(53°4′5″N, 2°20′51″W)
SJ 768 524
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Cheshire
now Cheshire East
  • Ron Baxter

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Feature Sets

St Bertoline's is a 15th-16thc. Perpendicular church with chancel rebuilt by Austin and Paley in 1925-26. It has a four-bay nave with aisles and clerestorey and a N porch; a chapel (the Crewe Chapel) of c.1528 on the S side of the chancel and a vestry on the N, and a Perpendicular W tower. The oldest feature, however, is an elaborate 12thc. doorway, now blocked and reset in the N chancel wall, trimmed to fit the narrow gap between the vestry and the end of the aisle. Construction is of red sandstone blocks, generally eroded.


St Bertoline was an 8thc. prince who became a hermit after the death of his wife and lived on an island in the River Sow in Staffordshire. In 1086 the manor was held of Earl Hugh of Chester by William Malbank. No church was noted at this time.


Exterior Features



Pevsner describes the doorway as 'rather raw'; the capitals as 'primitive' but this does it an injustice. The imposts are elaborately carved and the chevron arch and capitals are at least precisely designed. A date in the 1130s or 1140s is suggested.


N. Pevsner and E. Hubbard, The Buildings of England. Cheshire. Harmondsworth 1971 (repr. 1978), 71-72.

R. Richards, Old Cheshire Churches. London 1947, 43-47.