St James' Church, Great Packington

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St James' Church, Great Packington

St James' Church is an 18th century chapel situated in the grounds of Packington Hall, near Meriden, Warwickshire. It is a Grade I listed building.

The church was built in 1789 to a design by architect Joseph Bonomi for the Earl of Aylesford as a private family chapel. It is said to commemorate the recovery of George III from insanity.

The red brick church, in neo classical style, has an unusual square plan with four corner turrets topped with domes and finials.

It houses an organ built by Thomas Parker, to specifications outlined by Handel in 1749, for Charles Jennens, a cousin of the 4th Earl, owner of Gopsall Hall. The organ was filmed and recorded for the documentary The Elusive English Organ.

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