St Lawrence's Church
About St Lawrence's Church
The church, which is a Grade 1 Listed Building, is neighbour to Peover Hall, formerly the Mainwaring family home, standing in what is today Peover Park. This rural seclusion contributes to its charm.
It appears to have been first built about mid 14th century as a chapel, though there may have been a Chapel of Ease here in the 12th century. By the mid 15th century it had become the Parish Church of Over Peover. The porch is the oldest part of the church. For safety reasons the tower was rebuilt in brick in 1739 and the old bells rehung. The nave and chancel were rebuilt in brick in 1811, but some of the monuments and the two ancient Mainwaring chapels, which had been built in stone, were preserved. In the churchyard can be found an ancient preaching cross, said to have been desecrated by Cromwell’s soldiers, but restored in 1907. The oldest gravestone is one marked ‘Mary Bate 1659’.