The Jewel in the Town
THIS video takes the viewer on a tour of the 650(plus)-year-old
church of St Mary in the centre of the market and floral town of
As a bonus, the viewer can relax in
their armchair and visit places in the church that not even the visitors
to St Mary's can see.
In the central, octagonal,
tower the camera goes into the ringing chamber as the team of bellringers ring for a wedding; and into the bell chamber from where the church's eight bells peal out. (A
dangerous place for the unwary when several hundredweight of bells are
swinging around in the bells frame!)
Without having to move from
their armchairs, the video viewers find themselves on the top of the sandstone
tower. And a lot more relaxed than the cameraman who made the climb in
reality to capture the scene.
A magnificent view of the
town and surrounding countryside from 100 feet up in the air is to be
The video guide on the tour
of the church is Harold Forster
MBE who is one of the church's now-retired tour guides - a man who knows what
he is talking about.
Harold wrote the commentary
as well as speaking it. The commentary was recorded by Neil Murray who
sadly died before the next project of the "team",
"Curious South Cheshire" was completed.
The video costs £10 for
the (approximately) 40-minute programme, and all proceeds will go to the
restoration fund of St
Mary's Parish Church, Nantwich.
Outlets: St Mary's Parish Church Visitors' Centre
(Church Shop), Nantwich Tourist Information Centre; Nantwich Museum; and
Nantwich Book Shop.
The video is duplicated by
Downstream of Nantwich.