The church of the shining mere? has it all – scale, romance, history, war, fine features, and stunning views across the adjacent mere.
The original 12th-century church has been twice badly damaged by fire, and rebuilt each time with local sandstone on the same foundations, in the Perpendicular-style.
Around 1380, Owain Glyndwr was married here to Margaret Hanmer, the glamorous daughter of Sir David Hanmer, a Justice of the Kings Bench.
In 1643, during the Civil War, Nantwich Roundheads raided the village and stabled their horses in Fenns Chapel where the organ now stands. Later, a large body of Parliamentarian horse and dragoons were cut to pieces nearby, by Welsh Royalists.
St Chads features in Bad Blood?, the award winning and best selling autobiography of Lorna Sage, who recorded her childhood in Hanmer Vicarage during the post-war years.
Other notable features include stained glass windows by Kemp, exquisite wood carvings, and a lovely Church Square with four listed buildings.