We use cookies to improve your experience, some are essential for the operation of this site.

St Michael, Shotwick, Cheshire

(53°14′20″N, 2°59′41″W)
SJ 337 718
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Cheshire
now Cheshire West and Chester
  • Ron Baxter

Please use this link to cite this page - https://www.crsbi.ac.uk/view-item?i=5131.

Find out how to cite the CRSBI website here.

Feature Sets

St Michael's has a 12thc. nave with its S doorway under a very simple ashlar porch. A N aisle with a four-bay arcade was added c.1300. The chancel has no arch, but dates in its earliest parts from the 13thc. It has a two-bay N chapel - an extension eastwards of the N aisle with a two-bay arcade to the chancel. Both this and the W tower date from c.1500. The present double-span roof is 19thc., replacing a 15thc. single-span roof over nave and aisle. Construction is of red sandstone ashlar.


Benefice of Burton and Shotwick.

Shotwick was held by St Werburgh's, Chester in 1086. No church was noted at that time. In the Middle Ages the village stood at the end of a ford across the Dee; a strategic crossing place used by the armies of Henry III in 1245 and Edward I in 1278 and 1284, as well as a route for the export of salt into Wales.


Exterior Features



N. Pevsner and E. Hubbard, The Buildings of England. Cheshire. Harmondsworth 1971 (repr. 1978), 334.

R. Richards, Old Cheshire Churches. London 1947, 296-303.