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Welcome to St Margaret’s Church here in the village of Blackfordby.
Worship has taken place on this site for 1000 years and the present building replaced an ancient Chapel of Ease.
The church is built of grey sandstone found locally for the greater part of the work. It has a roof of slate tiles, graded from the apex. St Margaret’s is an example of the early English or early decorated style of architecture. The structure is about ninety feet in length and thirty feet wide at the nave.
The stout tower is capped with a broach spire rising to one hundred feet. The blackened stonework bears silent witness to the smoke pollution of the past, caused by the burning of salt in the clay pipe glazing process. This was carried out in many local factories whose tall chimneys have long since been demolished.
St Margaret’s Church stands on lofty ground which commands an extensive prospect from Cannock Chase to Charnwood Forest, embracing in its range no less than Twenty-five village churches and the spires of Lichfield Cathedral.
The present church building was opened for worship on Wednesday 27th October 1858.
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