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St Andrew, Bebington (Lower), Cheshire

(53°20′51″N, 3°0′12″W)
Bebington (Lower)
SJ 333 839
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Cheshire
now Merseyside
  • Ron Baxter

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Feature Sets

St Andrew's is basically a Norman church that was extended in the 14thc. and 16thc. The church may have been cruciform, with an aisleless nave, and a three-bay S arcade was added in the 12thc. On the N the aisle windows are early 14thc., so an arcade of some form must have been present by then. In the 16thc. a fourth bay was added to both arcades at the E. The central vessel between the arcades is notably wider in the E bay, and the lines of the arcades have been modified to compensate, apparently in the 1870-72 restoration. On the N side the original arcade was entirely replaced with a copy of the 12thc. S arcade to effect a smooth transition, but on the S only the easternmost Romanesque bay was replaced, and this doglegs to meet the Perpendicular E pier. The S aisle windows have Y-tracery of c.1300, and at the W end of this aisle is the tower, of similar date and with a broach spire. The chancel and its arch are Perpendicular, as are the large chapels to either side of it, with three-bay arcades to the chancel and broad arches to the nave aisles. The restoration was by W.J. and G.A. Ashdown of Liverpool (1870-72). The church is of greyish pink sandstone ashlar.


Bebington is not mentioned in the Domesday Survey. The chapel was given to St Werburgh's, Chester c1093.


Interior Features



The suggestion that the church was originally cruciform is given by Richards (1947) and accepted by Pevsner (1971).


N. Pevsner and E. Hubbard, The Buildings of England. Cheshire. Harmondsworth 1971 (repr. 1978), 72-73.

R. Richards, Old Cheshire Churches. London 1947, 47-50.