Church of St Nicholas

October 10, 2016

The church of St Nicholas has been the focus of worship, and of village life for at least 750 years and perhaps more.  The village of Austrey has the good fortune to have, at its centre, a building, which is not only very old but is exceptional within the county as being all of a piece since the 14th century.

The church consists of a Chancel and Nave, with north and south aisles, a south porch and a west tower with a spire.  The earliest part of the church is the west tower with its broach spire, which dates from the 13th century.  The rest of the church was rebuilt and enlarged about 1330.

Austrey Baptist Church

October 10, 2016

Early in the year of 1802 Mr John Barnes of Austrey attended a Service of Worship at Packington, where he was converted to the Christian faith by the preaching of The Reverend J Goady.  He was baptized in May of that year and on the following Sunday that being the 22 May 1802 he opened his large “Wool-Room” in Austrey for preaching.  The Reverend J Goadby came to preach the service, with his text from 1 Timothy 1 verse 15.  The “Wool-Room” was licensed as a place of Worship and fitted out as such.  So began the Baptist Cause in Austrey.

St Michael and St James Catholic Church in Haunton

October 10, 2016

The history of the Catholic community in Haunton can be traced back to a record in the Domsday Book of a Chapel dedicated to St James the Great located in the village green area of the village in the centre of Haunton. The more recent history of the Catholic Church in Haunton – "the Village of Saints" as the names of many of original dwellings were listed under Saints names, begins with Colonel Charles Edward Mousley and his wife Mary. Charles, born in Spain of a Spanish mother in 1819, succeeded to the estate of Haunton Hall. In 1845 a chapel was built within the Hall as a living centre for Catholic life of family and domestics.

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