St Oswald's Church, Brereton [Map]. The present church was constructed around 1550.
On 20 Jan 1561 Lawrence Smith (age 46) and Jane Warburton (age 33) were married at St Oswald's Church, Brereton [Map].
In 1618 William Brereton 1st Baron Brereton (age 67) installed a memorial to the Brereton family when their remains were brought from St Mary's Church, Astbury, Cheshire and reinterred in the Chancel of St Oswald's Church, Brereton [Map]. The family motto "Opitulante Deo" being "God being my Helper". The inscription: In ancient times when this Church of Brereton was a donative chapel within the parish of Astbury, the ancestors of William Brereton (age 67) knight, Baron of Malpas, (who erected this monument in 1618 A.D.), had been buried in the Churchyard at Astbury, where ancient monuments of some of them still remain at this date, marked in English with the words "Knightes burialls". But after the said chapel was made a parochial church, the ancestors of the said William Berereton, knight, patron of this Chapel of Brereton, were buried in this chancel, except those who died in countries abroad.
William Brereton 1st Baron Brereton: On 05 Feb 1550 he was born to William Brereton (age 30) and Jane Warburton (age 22). Before 25 Feb 1591 William Brereton 1st Baron Brereton (age 41) and Margaret Savage (age 42) were married. They were third cousins. On 11 May 1624 William Brereton 1st Baron Brereton (age 74) was created 1st Baron Brereton. On 01 Oct 1631 William Brereton 1st Baron Brereton (age 81) died. His grandson William Brereton 2nd Baron Brereton (age 20) succeeded 2nd Baron Brereton and inherited Brereton Hall, Cheshire. Elizabeth Goring Baroness Brereton by marriage Baroness Brereton.
On 01 May 1632 Frances Coleclough (age 74) died. She was buried at St Oswald's Church, Brereton [Map].
On 16 Jun 1643 William Smethwich (age 91) died. He was buried at St Oswald's Church, Brereton [Map]
Inscriptions on the monument "Here lieth the body of William Smethwicke of Smethwicke esq. who, mindful of his death, erected this monument for himself and, his wife, pious to God, pious in good workes which William was born Oct. 1, Anno D'ni 1551 and died June 16 Anno Dni' 1643." and
"Here alsoe lieth the body of Frances Smethwicke, daughter of Sir Anthony Coleclough, Knight, married to William Smethwicke aforesaid and lived in wedlocke with him 48 years a devout and hospitall matron, born Anno Dom: 1557, in the Castle of Kildare, in Ireland, Novemb. 6, and died 1st of May, 1632."
Frances Coleclough: On 06 Nov 1557 she was born to Anthony Coleclough at Kildare Castle. In 1585 William Smethwich (age 33) and Frances Coleclough (age 27) were married.
William Smethwich: On 01 Oct 1551 he was born to Thomas Smethwick (age 26) and Ann Vernon (age 25).
1660. Font at St Oswald's Church, Brereton [Map].
Archaeologia Volume 9 Appendix. 22 May 1788. Owen Salusbury Brereton (age 73), Esq. V. P. exhibited a beautiful coloured drawing of a window in the parish-church of Brereton [Map], one of the oldest in the county-palatine of Chester; but the date of it is not exactly known1. In the lower compartments are four figures representing the four persons who slew Thomas Becket at the high altar in Canterbury cathedral, 1170. They are in complete armour, with drawn swords in their hands, and on pendant scrolls are inscribed their names; William Tracy, Richard Britton, Reginald Fitzurse, and Hugh Morrel. A fifth figure, exactly correiponding with these, in the centre compartments, bears, on the like scroll, these words, Martyrum Thomam. In three compartments of the Upper division of the window are two priests [Note. In the original the word priests is crossed out, and the word "saints" written in the margin.] , and between them a figure episcopally habited, most probably intended for Becket himself. Under the five lower figures, after their names are these words tended for two hexameter lines:
Martyrum Thomam fieri fecere beatum
Anno milleno centeno septuageno.
[Note. The above two lines in Gothic script]
Under these the following inscription represented in the opposite page:
"Left this monument in Glase being in the upper window of the North syde the chauncell of Brereton churche shoulde be broken, I Sir Will’m Brereton, knight, to the end hyt may remayne in memorie to the posteritie, have caused the same to be heare purtred, the 25th of Marche, 1608. W. Brereton."
Note 1. See Pl. XXIII.
In 1819 Reverend Edward Royds (age 28) was appointed Rector of St Oswald's Church, Brereton [Map] which office he held until his death in 1836. The first of four Rectors of St Oswald's Church, Brereton [Map] from the Royds family. This Edward, his brother Reverend Charles Smith Royds (age 19), Edward's son Reverend Edward Royds, and his son Reverend Alfred Royds.
On 29 Dec 1849 John Howard (age 68) died. He was buried at St Oswald's Church, Brereton [Map].
After 1859. Window in the North Wall of the Chancel of St Oswald's Church, Brereton [Map]. Three. Left. Jesus raising the son of the widow of Nain. Middle. Jesus raising Lazarus. Right. Jesus raising the daughter of Jairus. The dedication: In memory of Clement Royds, died 27 Apr 1842, Thomas Molyneux Royds, died 13 Jan 1852, Emily Smyth Royds (age 24), died 23 Nov 1859.
Clement Royds: On 08 Apr 1822 he was born to Reverend Edward Royds (age 31) and Mary Molyneux (age 29). He was a twin with his brother Henry Royds of Elm House in Wavertree. On 07 Jun 1822 twins Clement Royds and Henry Royds of Elm House in Wavertree were baptised at St Oswald's Church, Brereton. On 27 Apr 1842 Clement Royds (age 20) drowned in the River Mersey.
Thomas Molyneux Royds: On 12 Mar 1824 he was born to Reverend Edward Royds (age 33) and Mary Molyneux (age 31). He was baptised at St Oswald's Church, Brereton on 17 Jun 1824. On 30 Nov 1844 Thomas Molyneux Royds (age 20) and Elizabeth Jane Roberts were married at Exeter Farm, Braidwood, New South Wales. On 13 Jan 1852 Thomas Molyneux Royds (age 27) died. He was buried in Braidwood Cemetery, New South Wales.
Emily Smyth Royds: On 06 Feb 1834 she was born to Reverend Edward Royds (age 43) and Mary Molyneux (age 40). Before 23 Nov 1859 Reverend Granville Smyth and Emily Smyth Royds (age 25) were married. On 23 Nov 1859 Emily Smyth Royds (age 25) died.
Before 1881. West Window and East Window in the Chancel of St Oswald's Church, Brereton [Map] by William Wailes.
08 Jul 1885. St Oswald's Church, Brereton [Map]. Memorial to Ann Elizabeth Lowe, wife Samuel Ingham.
After 06 Nov 1887. St Oswald's Church, Brereton [Map]. Grave of Elizabeth Malano. Stone erected by Harriette Howard of Brereton Hall.
On 09 Jan 1896 Anne Mary Littledale (age 75) died. She was buried at St Oswald's Church, Brereton [Map] on 13 Jan 1896 where she has a memorial window in the south transept.
Around 1900. St Oswald's Church, Brereton [Map]. Graves and Memorials to members of the Howard family.
After 1918. St Oswald's Church, Brereton [Map] Roll of Honour and War Memorial.
After 14 May 1923. St Oswald's Church, Brereton [Map]. Memorial to Thomas Nock, Schoolmaster and Organist for thirty years.
08 Aug 1999. St Oswald's Church, Brereton [Map]. Memorial to William Brereton 2nd Baron Brereton. Bellringer and Donor of three bells in honour of his marriage to Elizabeth Goring Baroness Brereton. A special event took place at St Oswald's.Church, Brereton on 8th August 1999: the dedication of a plaque to the memory of William, 2nd Lord Brereton, founding member and first Master in 1637 of one of the oldest English change ringing societies, the Ancient Society of College Youths, which still flourishes nationally and internationally from its base in London.
William Brereton 2nd Baron Brereton: On 28 Feb 1611 he was born to John Bererton (age 20) and Anne Fitton (age 17). Before 04 May 1631 William Brereton 2nd Baron Brereton (age 20) and Elizabeth Goring Baroness Brereton were married. She the daughter of George Goring 1st Earl Norwich (age 46) and Mary Neville (age 41). They were half fourth cousins. Evelyn's Diary. 15 Sep 1659. Came to see me Mr. Brereton (age 28), a very learned gentleman, son to my Lord Brereton (age 48), with his wife and divers other ladies. Also, Henry Howard of Norfolk (age 31), since Duke of Norfolk. In Apr 1664 William Brereton 2nd Baron Brereton (age 53) died. His son William Brereton 3rd Baron Brereton (age 32) succeeded 3rd Baron Brereton and inherited Brereton Hall, Cheshire. Frances Willoughby Baroness Brereton (age 39) by marriage Baroness Brereton.
On 01 Aug 2001, Lammas Day, the Ancient Society of College Youths rang the Bells of St Oswald's Church, Brereton [Map] on the occasion of the anniversary of the Medieval Fair held on Brereton Green for three hundred years.
On 02 Aug 2009. St Oswald's Church, Brereton [Map]. A Peal of 5040 Minor in 7 Methods by the Chester S. College Youths.
2018 Rectors of St Oswald's Church, Brereton [Map].