A thousand years of worship

Local people have worshipped on this site for over a thousand years. A church is people; the building itself is only an architectural record of a community at prayer. So the structural alterations of many centuries reflect two things: a continuity of worship, and the ever changing rituals and beliefs of the English Church. Or, put simply, in the words of Sir John Betjeman:

Our churches are our history shown,
In wood and iron and glass and stone.

c. AD 755 Wooden Anglo-Saxon church on site
1086 Bunbury mentioned in Domesday
1135 Stone Norman church exists
1320 Church rebuilt in Decorated style.
1385-6 Sir Hugh de Calveley endows new collegiate church.
c. 1490 Nave remodelled.
1527 Ridley Chapel begun by Sir Raufe Egerton
1548 Chantry chapels and colleges dissolved during Reformation;
Bunbury loses its endowments. Church reverts to Crown
1565 Elizabeth I sells tithes to Thomas Aldersey (London haberdasher and Member of Parliament).
1590 Aldersey appoints puritan Haberdashers' Company as his trustees.
1642 "Bunbury Convention" held in church.
Neutrality of Cheshire in Civil War declared.
1643 Convention fails. "Church fired by Royalists much damage".
1700s Nave galleries added
1751 John Wesley preaches at Bunbury.
1863-6 Victorian "restorations": plaster, wall-paintings, box-pews, galleries all removed; new roof; floor tiled.
1931 Electric light introduced.
1940 Land-mine seriously damages church
1960 Reverend Ridgeway appeals on new medium of television for repair funds.
2000 ?

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