12 photos that capture the true beauty of Astbury

Astbury Church in springtime by Nick Hatton

Astbury Church in springtime by Nick Hatton - Credit: Archant

The small village of Astbury is home to one of Cheshire’s finest churches and a spectacular display of daffodils

The village of Astbury (or Newbold Astbury to give its full title) stands another of Cheshire’s most significant buildings, St Mary’s Church.

Built substantially in the 13th and 14th centuries, with major rebuilding in the 15th century, St Mary’s has an unusual trapezoidal plan, a separate tower and a wide nave, all of which caused the late Raymond Richards - owner of Gawsworth Hall and author of Old Cheshire Churches - to hail St Mary’s as ‘one of the most beautiful churches in the county’.

This was a place of worship long before St Mary’s was built, as evidenced by the discovery of the fragment of a Saxon cross, on display in the church, and a mention of a priest here in the Domesday Book.

If Astbury has a lovely church, it also has a pretty village green - a carpet of daffodils come spring - and that other staple of English village life, a historic pub, the 16th century Egerton Arms.