Sandiway History book


undefinedAn illustrated book about the history of St John the Evangelist church in Sandiway near Northwich is being compiled. The sandstone church was built in 1903 to meet the needs of a growing local population.

It was originally a chapel-of-ease but became a parish in its own right in 1935.
The Grade 2-listed building was designed to have a spire but a shortage of funds meant that the church was signed as finished with a simple castellation to the tower in 1910.

Tony Hawes (pictured above), a life-time member of Sandiway parish and a former churchwarden and PCC secretary, was asked in September 2013 to update the existing printed history of the church.

Retired engineer Tony set about doing detailed research, including searches of archives and interviews with elderly people from the local area.

Tony said: “I’m relishing all the research and the writing, and people have been so helpful in getting information to me. It’s fascinating to see how much hard work and community effort went into planning the building of a church more than 110 years ago.

“There is a great affection for St John’s locally, so I think people will love to read the book, and see all the illustrations of the interior and exterior.”

The church, in Norley Road, Sandiway, has a unique chancel (being higher than the nave), a classic lych gate, and in the baptistery, a blue and white glazed terracotta panel of Jesus surrounded by children.

Tony is hoping to have the 80-page book finished, printed and for sale by early spring 2015.

Funding for the building of St John the Evangelist was provided by initially by Miss Sarah Coulthurst and Miss Maud Mainwaring.

A Chester-based architect, John Douglas (who was born in Sandiway) agreed to design the church. He also donated a substantial sum towards the building of the chancel. Further money came from donations, subscriptions and fund-raising activities.

St John the Evangelist chruch, Sandiway