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St Leonards Church Dunston, Staffordshire added to Places of Worship in West Midlands by D0c.Col on 28/12/2022

The village church of St. Leonard's is medium-sized, of Neo-Gothic style and was designed by architect Andrew Capper. Between 1876 and 1878 the old chapel was finally demolished and a new church erected on the same site.

It is a stone building in 14th century style and consists of nave, chancel, transepts, vestry, and a spired west tower. In 1887, a new churchyard, given by the family of a former parishioner, was consecrated, previous burials having been carried out at Penkridge. In 1907, the vestry was added and a new organ installed. The church contains memorial tablets to Thomas Perry (d. 1861), in whose memory the church was built, to his widow Mary (d. 1881), and to later members of the Perry family who lived at nearby Dunston Hall. There are memorial windows and a tablet to members of the Hand family including Charles Frederic Hand (d. 1900), also tablets to John Taylor Duce (d. 1886), Albert Pickstock (d. 1926), and three members of the Thorneycroft family (d. 1913, 1924, and 1943). The two bells of the ancient chapel in 1553, were replaced by one bell in the new church by 1889. This arrangement was then replaced in 1890 by eight tubular bells, rung from a keyboard.

Not much in the way of parking so abandoned car on the A449 curbside. There is a road just before the Church when coming from M6 Junction 13 but is marked private.

Land owner permission not required.

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Co-ordinates: 52.75759, -2.107959 • what3words: ///timing.stem.tennis

The originator declared that this location was not inside a Flight Restriction Zone at the time of being flown on 26/12/2022. It remains the responsibility of any pilot to check for any changes before flying at the same location.

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Co-ordinates: 52.76314, -2.031097 • what3words: ///heavy.suffice.outhouse

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