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Staunton Harold Church

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A 17th century political statement

Building this church had been Sir Robert's way of standing up for the monarchy during the turbulence of the English Civil War.

But as it turned out, Sir Robert Shirley had signed his own death warrant.

The church today

Come and visit us and meet one of our church guides

Come and visit us and meet one of our church guides

In 1953 an appeal was launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Geoffrey Fisher and the Pilgrim Trust to restore the church, which had fallen into disrepair during the Second World War. The following year the 12th Earl Ferrers gave the building to the National Trust.

Being a private chapel, it is not a parish church in its own right but it lies in the parish of Breedon. Fortnightly services are held for parishioners, estate workers and others, some of whose family backgrounds are linked historically with the Shirley household.