Wybunbury village lies within South Cheshire, the village falls 5 miles south of Crewe and 3.5 miles east of Nantwich. One of the main features of Wybunbury is the medieval Tower. The Tower dominates the village and its surrounding countryside. It is a Grade A listed building, 96 feet high dating from the 15th Century. The Tower stands on a small hill at the junction of Main Road and Bridge Street, in the centre of a Conservation Area. Wybunbury Church was built in 1893.
The Church was at some time dedicated to the Mercian Bishop of St. Chad who established his See at Lichfield in 669. Known as the ‘Hanging Steeple of Wybunbury’ because of its tendency to lean, the Tower has undergone two remarkable feats of engineering to straighten it. The Church was demolished in 1977.
A new Church for Wybunbury was soon built on a new site further down Main Road ‘St Chad’s Church’. The Tower remained intact on the churchyard grounds, in splendid isolation as a landmark for South Cheshire. The Tower now belongs to the people of Wybunbury, who formed a Trust to save it and its six bells in 1983. Below are current pictures of St Chad’s Church, Main Road and also the Tower.
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Wakes or public celebrations may have been instituted before the arrival of Christianity and evidence for this cited in Bede’s ‘Ecclesiastical History’. In later times, however, they became attached to the Church.
In Wybunbury, there is a legend that fig pies were baked and rolled down the Swan Bank for a prize, or even flung from the top of the Tower! However, the fig pies do not appear to have any connection with St Chad. Gluttony and drinking were the order of the day and eventually rowdyism got worse. Wybunbury Pie Wakes continues to be a very successful and popular annual event in the village.
Wybunbury Moss is situated in one of Cheshire's oldest rural villages, Wybunbury itself. Parking and refreshments are available at the local pub, The Red Lion. There are regular bus services to and from Crewe and Nantwich. The Moss is a National Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. This internationally unique example of schwingmoor (floating bog) consists of a raft of peat, floating on a lake 13 metres deep. Many bogs originated during the last great Ice Age, however, it is thought that the subsidence of underlying salt-bearing rocks has modified Wybunbury Moss. As a result of this, a unique habitat for many rare animals and plants exists at the reserve.
You should not enter the moss as it is extremely dangerous. There is a regular programme of guided walks available each year and it is possible to obtain permits for research or study work from English Nature. As access is restricted public footpaths circle the moss and following these will give you beautiful views of the moss and the meadows.
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