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St Mary the Virgin

Sir Walter Chetwynd of Ingestre Hall, the 17th century politician and antiquary, was a friend of Sir Christopher Wren and a fellow member of the Royal Society.

Ingestre, Staffordshire

Opening times

Easter until the end of September: open Wednesday, Saturday and Bank Holidays 2pm to 5pm.
October to Easter: open Saturday 2pm to 4pm.
Visits can also be arranged at other times, please contact the church.


next to Ingestre Hall
ST18 0PZ

When a drawing labelled 'Mr Chetwynd's tower' turned up among Wren's papers, it began to seem fairly certain that this fine church of the 1670s was indeed the work of the architect of St Paul's Cathedral.

The quality of the interior at Ingestre, such as the carved screen and the exquisite plaster ceilings, is certainly worthy of a building designed by a master.

The richly carved pulpit and tester are by the renowned Dutch born wood carver Grinling Gibbons, and carry his peapods motif. The Chetwynd coat of arms sits is the door, and several family tombs and monuments are in the church.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

Contact information

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