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St. Cross Church is a small church in Appleton Thorn, a beautiful small village near the town of Warrington in Cheshire, and you only have to visit it to see why.
The church itself is built in traditional Cheshire sandstone, which makes it look a lot older than it actually is. In truth it’s only 135 years old, and was built by Mr Edgerton Warburton of Arley Hall in 1886.
As you enter St. Cross there is a sense of peace, away from the pressures of modern life. A feeling as if the church has been well loved over the years and that many people have prayed here and found a meaning to life. There is a stone font in the centre at the back with a large polished wooden lid which has been carved in an ornate style. Suspended from a side wall there is the white ensign flag of the Royal Navy H.M.S. Black Cap station which was situated in Appleton Thorn in the second world war. There is also a plaque on the wall to commemorate those who lost their lives in the war. There are four kneelers in the back pews with Royal Navy designs. There is a centre aisle but no side aisles as the church is not big enough. There are wooden pews each side of the aisle, each holding about five people The church holds about 100 people in all comfortably, although on special occasions, many more have squeezed in. As we walk down the centre aisle we see other kneelers and pew cushions which have been made in cross stitch with various designs. There is a Christmas kneeler, a Sunday School kneeler, a music kneeler, millennium pew cushions and many other designs. These kneelers have been made by the ladies in the parish.
However, there is only one way to truly appreciate the church - come in and see it! You’re more than welcome.
Stretton Road, Appleton Thorn
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