Packwood, St Giles Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 14th century Doom wall painting
You enter St Giles through the south door, which is probably medieval. At the west end of the nave is a simple 12th century font on a Victorian base. This font is almost certainly older than the church itself. It was found serving as a watering trough for animals in local farmyard and rescued! At the north east corner of the nave is the 17th century Fetherston Chapel, built of red brick. The interior is somewhat cluttered wih Sunday school oddments, but the walls showcase several fine memorials to members of the Fetherston family of Packwood House. The windows have fragments of medieval stained glass and the wooen screen is very nicely carved and dates to the 18th century.
Perhaps the most interesting interior feature is a partial wall painting on the north side of the chancel arch, where you can make out a fragment of a Doom, or depiction of the Day of Judgement. The paintinf dates to the 14th century and was uncovered during restoration in 1927. Below the wall painting is a huge oaken chest, carved from a single piece of wood. This acted as a parish safe, and is probably older than the church. The chancel screen dates to the 15th century and there are fragments of 13th century glass in the chancel windows. There are 15th century benches in front of the choir pews.
One last claim to fame for Packwood's church - the parents of Dr Johnson, he of dictionary fame, were maried in St Giles.
This is a delightful country church, not spectacular or overwhelming, but a lovely little rural church. It is easy to walk to St Giles from nearby Packwood House, and it would be a shame to visit the house without making the effort to stroll up the lane to the church!
About Packwood, St Giles Church
Address: Glasshouse Lane, off Packwood Road, Packwood, Warwickshire, England, B94 6PU
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Access by footpath off Packwood Lane, just north of Packwood House, or from Glasshouse Lane to Packwood Hall. Open most days.
Website: Packwood, St Giles Church
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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