St Nicholas Church

January 23, 2020

Austrey is one of 6 local villages forming the All Souls Parish. which houses 5 church buildings. St.Nicholas has been the focus of worship, and of village life for at least 750 years and perhaps more. The oldest part of the present church was built in the middle of the 13th century, the remains being rebuilt early in the 14th century.  In the Victorian era, the original leaded roof was replaced with the current pitched roof and the porch was added. 

The chiming clock was installed in 1923 as a war memorial to those who died in the First World War and inside the church on the wall near the main door, is a memorial in memory of 5 villagers who died in the First World War. The only completely stained glass window is on the south side.  Some of the glass is from the 14th century. The oldest remaining stained glass window is above the piscine.

Austrey Baptist Church

January 23, 2020

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 Goadby. 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

January 23, 2020

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. It was ;ocated 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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