We have recently reclaimed these two lovely childrens oak pews, along with a number of breath-taking hand carved oak pews, a spectacular matching lectern and an ebonised vestry cupboard, from St Oswald's Church, Winwick, Cheshire. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building. The pews, furnishings and glass in the chancel and sanctuary were designed by the celebrated architect Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin in the 1840s.
Despite their small size, the pews are heavy with thick oak seats and backs. They would look wonderful in a hallway or nursery, or even on the children's side of the dining.
St Oswald's Church dates from 1358, though the Legh Chapel could be as early as 1330 and the bases of the north arcade are thought to be from the early 13th century. It is believed that a pagan temple previously occupied the site – a theory supported by the discovery of three giant skeletons under the Chancel in 1828.
In 1648, Oliver Cromwell stationed his troops in the church after the Battle of Red Bank and considerable damage was done which was later repaired. In more recent times, the Captain of the Titanic, Edward Smith, got married at St Oswald's Church to Sarah Eleanor Pennington on 13th January 1887.
Love the look? Have a look at the spectacular matching oak lectern, as well as less heavily carved children's pews and vestry cupboard, all from St Oswald's church.
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