St Wilfrid's

St Wilfrid's

In the early part of the 12th century the original Norman Parish Church in Grappenhall was founded. The building would of comprised of a hard earth floor, a chancel, a nave without an aisle and the only seating would have been a ledge running round the walls. Very little of that original building still remains, though some of its foundations were discovered when the Church was restored in 1873.

The tower

In 1334 the Boydell Chapel was constructed by the Boydell family hence its name. This was in the place where the south aisle is now and the tower was where the chancel is now in the current building.


The rebuilding the Church began in 1529 using red sandstone available in the local area. The small Norman Church was knocked down and the chancel, north aisle and tower were constructed at the west end of the Church. 10years on and the Boydell Chapel was incorporated into the Church having previously been separated by the nave. It was not until 1833 that any more work on the Church building was done. This time the roof of the nave was raised up to form a clerestory. In the early part if the 1850’s the vestry was built and the south aisle was extended. By 1873 the Church building was completely restored.

Lewis Carroll

A key feature of the outside of the Church building is the carving of a cat above the large west window. There are many reports that the well known author Lewis Carroll found inspiration for the name and expression of the Cheshire Cat in Alice In Wonderland from this very carving on the Church in Grappenhall, a village adjacent to his birthplace.

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Church Location

Church Details
Contact Name Mr Malcolm Kelly
Address Church Lane, Grappenhall, Warrington, Cheshire
Postcode WA4 3EP
Phone 01925 752224
Mobile N/A
Website Visit the St Wilfrid's website
Email Address No contact email address available
Miles From Lymm 1
Sunday Service

8:00am - Holy Communion.

9:45am - Sunday Club and Junior Club.

9:50am - Crèche.

10:00am - Family Communion.

11:45am - Baptisms (see details).

6:40pm - Evensong (held at 4:30pm in the Winter).

Choir Practice


6:30pm - Juniors.

7:00pm - Adults.


The Church currently has six juniors and about eighteen adult choir singers. The full choir sings at the main Sunday morning service and a smaller number sing at the evening service. Additionally, they sing at about a dozen or so weddings each year.


The choir is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM). An exhibit in the choir vestry records the choir's membership of the RSCM dating from 31st October 1957. The RSCM was set up just after the last war to help raise the standards of choral singing in parish churches. Each autumn, the Cheshire diocese branch of the RSCM holds a festival service in Chester cathedral. In the preceding months the members of the choir learn the music for this, both at our own choir practices and at workshops held across the diocese.


The Church choir also helps to provide a strong fellowship. After the summer holiday, the first choir practice in September is more of a social occasion with a meal following the singing. In January the annual choir dinner is held in a local restaurant.

The Church choir is happy to welcome new members.

Christenings N/A - information required
Weddings N/A - information required
Funerals N/A - information required
Midweek Planner


10:00am - Midweek Communion.

Sunday Planner

8:00am - Holy Communion.

9:45am - Sunday Club and Junior Church.

9:50am - Crèche.

10:00am - Family Communion.

11:45am - Baptisms, 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.

6:30pm - Evensong, held at 4:30pm in the Winter.

Youth Planner

SWYG - St Wilfrid's Youth Group

Friday 6:00 - 7:00pm once a month.

Aged 11 to 18 years.

Wide range of activities combining religion with fun. Fund Raising, Support a Child scheme.

Additional Information N/A
Upcoming Events N/A
Men's Group
Contact NameMr John Bygate
Contact Number
Meeting DayMonday (2nd of each month)
Start Time8:00pm
End Time
Church Choir
DescriptionThe choir includes a junior section which sing at Family Communion and other services as well as singing in Chester Cathedral. The full choir sings at the main Sunday morning service and a smaller number sing at the evening service. Additionally, the Church Choir sing at about a dozen or so weddings each year.
Contact NameMr Malcolm Kelly
Contact Number
Meeting DayFriday
Start Time6:30pm, 7:00pm
End Time
Bell Ringers
DescriptionA strong tradition of bell-ringing at St Wilfrid's Church. The bellringers are very accomplished and successful in competitions. The bell ringers perform on: Sunday morning - 9:30-10:00am Sunday Evening - 4:00-4:00pm (GMT) 6:00-6:30pm (BST)
Contact NameMr Mike Thomson
Contact Number01925 265505
Meeting DayWednesday
Start Time7:30pm
End Time9:00pm
Women's Group
DescriptionSt Wilfrid's Women's Group is a friendly group of ladies with approximately 50 members in total, averaging about 35-40 at each meeting. Meetings often involve a wide variety of interesting speakers, some serious and some humorous. Annual events such as a theatre trip, an annual dinner in January and an outing towards the end of our year are held. The Women's Group host 2 jumble sales a year, of which the proceeds go towards the funds which ultimately are passed on to the church. They also spons
Contact NameMiss Marjorie Cassin
Contact Number01925 264111
Meeting DayTuesday (1st and 3rd of the month)
Start Time8:00pm
End Time
Church Army Bus Project
DescriptionSt Wilfrid's supports the Church Army Bus Project in South Warrington. This project encourages young people who have limited or no connections with their local church to socialize in a Christian environment in the bus by taking part in normal leisure activities such as playing computer games. While there they can talk about Jesus Christ with the staff who run the bus project. The project benefits from the experience of the Church Army Captain on board and he is assisted by dedicated volunteer
Contact NameMr Malcolm Kelly
Contact Number
Meeting DayFriday
Start Time7:00pm
End Time9:00pm

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