Old Saint Werburgh’s, Cheshire – under the care of The Churches Conservation Trust
It is an often quoted cliche that when you visit a historic building you feel as though you are ‘travelling back in time’. Walking through the arched doorway and up towards the chancel of Old Saint Werburgh’s in Cheshire, it felt like I was slowly being stripped of every vestige of modernity. After spending just one hour there, the entrapments of my hectic life seemed a little less than fickle, but the spatial characteristics seemed somehow familiar. The fact is that this type of timber framed construction, with the frame held together by tension, allowed a fluidity of plan which was not to be witnessed for another 600 years.