St Mary the Virgin Church was built as a family church alongside Ingestre Hall in Staffordshire which is the former home of Charles Chetwynd-Talbot, 20th Earl of Shrewsbury and his family
The Earls of Shrewsbury also owned Alton Towers before it became the most visited theme park in the United Kingdom.
The present church was built by Walter Chetwynd to a design attributed to Sir Christopher Wren. This is backed up by the existence of a drawing by Sir Christopher Wren labelled Mr Chetwynd’s Tower, now in a collection of Wren drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Walter Chetwynd was a friend of Sir Christopher Wren and both were members of the Royal Society.
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