Gnosall Parish Council
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As you walk round, we hope to show you its many features and to demonstrate how the Church, as the Family of God, as well as the building itself, has adapted to the changes over the years This Church will enter its third Millennium in AD 2000, for its foundation lies well before the year 2000 AD. Each point of interest is described under a numbered 'station' These numbers you will see as you progress, together with other visua guides to your walk. We hope that you will enjoy your visit in every way, and leave feeling more informed and refreshed by your visit.
We must tell you a little of the history of this place; it is all in the Stones but they cannot speak modern English. They only speak mutely to the archaeologist. In the year 669 AD, St Chad was sent to be the first Bishop of the newly established Kingdom of Mercia. He had been brought up in the Celtic traditions of Lindisfarne, but, following the Synod of Whitby, he accepted the Roman system. He set up his Bishopric at Lichfield and, for three years, until his death, travelled throughout his area. He is recalled through many local place names such as Chadwell, Great Chatwell and St, Chads' Well. He must have trodden our local pathways.
To maintain and spread the Faith, the Saxon Church set up Monasteries, Minster churches and mendicant Friars. In this area, Stafford, Penkridge and 'Geneshalle', had Minster churches, which were of a monastic nature. For we11 over a thousand years, perhaps as many as 1200 years and despite visitations from Vikings, Danes, vandals such as the more extreme Cromwellians, and a few latter day misguided individuals, a great building, dedicated to Christian worship, has stood on the sandstone outcrop, overlooking the Doley brook. This ancient Minster has become the Parish Church of St. Lawrence, Gnosall.
Wherever you are in the Church,
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