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A visit to Blithfield Hall and Church with Cosy Bagot-Jewitt
Wednesday 20 September 2023 at 2.00pm
£10 members £12 non members
A visit to historic Blithfield Hall just north of Rugeley. The Hall is mostly apartments but we shall be able to see and tour the wing occupied by the Bagot-Jewitt family, descendants of the Bagot family who built the Hall, followed by tea/coffee and cake in the Great Hall. We shall also tour the church which is next to the Hall and view the Orangery. The Hall is set in an attractive rural location close to Blithfield reservoir and is Grade 1 listed, being an Elizabethan house with a Gothic façade added in 1820.
The church site has had a place of worship since 11th century and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. Architecture is partially Norman with some fine stained glass, ancient and modern. There are many artefacts concerning the Bagot family. The wooden pews are 400 years old and the church flooring comprises ceramic tiling and is unusual in that there is a step down from the nave to the chancel. There is a carved Rood Screen and a fine pipe organ, overhauled, modernised and enlarged in 1965.
There is ample parking next to the church. Access is not from the main drive to the Hall but from the entrance to the church which is on the west side of the complex. Note there are no lifts in the Hall and disabled access is limited. Directions will be supplied.
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