Saint Peter's Anglican Church, Hixon


The site for the building of the Church was given by Charles, 2nd Earl Talbot, in 1846 and had been previously occupied by a windmill. The foundation stone for the Church was laid on Saturday, 18th July 1846 by the Marchioness Lothian, after which the Honorable Earl Talbot deposited a few coins of the realm under a brass plate bearing a suitable inscription.

The Church was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1846 and the original drawings and plans can still be seen in the County Records Office, in the Shrewsbury papers. The actual construction of the building was carried out by Evans of Ellastone, using for the exterior stone from the quarries of Earl Talbot, which were situated at Tixall and Weston. The major endowment for the Church was from Earl Talbot although a part came from tithe out of the parish of Colwich.

The Church was consecrated on St. Peter’s Day 1848 (Tuesday, 29th June) by the then Bishop of Lichfield, Bishop Sousdale, and was dedicated to St. Peter. The oak chest with the three locks is probably the oldest item and appears to be an original church or tithe chest. The three locks would all have been different and each church warden and the incumbent would have had a key to one of the locks, which ensured that all three had to be present to be able to gain access to the chest. The origin of this chest is unknown but it is believed to have been a gift from Stowe by Chartley.

The East window appears to have been added at a later date, after 1856, as a collection was made for it after the opening of the school on St. Peter’s Day 1856. The reredos was added sometime between 1884 and 1887 and was moved to the West end when the Church was decorated. In 1893 the old harmonium was removed and replaced with the present organ which was built by Nicholson & Lord of Walsall. At the same time several pews were removed from the front of the nave, three from the North side and one from the South. The stained glass window on the South side of the nave in memory of Enoch Broad is of interest as it was made by Meyer of Munich. It is also noteworthy that no two window mullions are the same, the designs having been chosen at random from a pattern book.

On 11th October 1889 at about 4-00 o’clock in the afternoon, whilst four persons were engaged in cleaning the Church after the Harvest Festival, the spire of the Church was struck by lightning and considerable damage was done to the spire and the tower. Some of the masonry fell on to the nave roof but happily no-one was injured and the demolition and the rebuilding of the damaged part was accomplished without any accident. It is interesting to note that the bricks used for this repair came from the Hixon brickworks, being made by Mr. Salt. The cost of all the work was covered by insurance. The Diocesan Surveyor estimated the cost of the repairs at £375.

The war memorial on the North wall of the nave was erected in 1920. Of those who gave their lives in the Second World War, it can be seen that the first four names are of those killed at Hixon airfield and buried in the Churchyard. Although many other personnel lost their lives at RAF Hixon they are not included in the Roll of Honour as their remains were interred either in their home parishes or the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cheshire.

In the 1980’s several pews were removed from the back of the Church to make the present open area.

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Our Vicar is The Rev'd Vivienne Starkie and our Curate The Rev'd Danny Payne

Associate Miniser The Rev'd Vivienne Starkie
01889 - 271046
Assistant Curate The Rev'd Danny Payne
07475 - 005055

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Sunday 21 April 2024 Sunday at for 1 hour
Saint Peter's Anglican Church, Hixon
Church Lane, Hixon Stafford, ST18 0PQ, United Kingdom

21st April Breakfast Service at 9-30am.

28th April Holy Communion with Baptism at 9-30am.
5th May BCP Holy Communion at 8-00am.
12th May Evening Prayer at 4-30pm.
19th May Breakfast Service at 9-30am.
26th May Holy Communion at 9-30am.

Unfortunately the roofer who is doing our roof repairs has been very unwell but is hoping to be able to get back to work in the next month. We are very grateful for all the continued support we have had. Hopefully everything will be moving forward by Easter.

For services in other churches please click on "Church Services Across Mid-Trent Team" to see our service rotas.
We try to make our church services as friendly as possible. Please don’t worry about getting things ‘wrong’. Even if they notice, people won’t mind. At Communion services, everyone is equally welcome, whether you feel able to share the bread and wine or prefer just to stay seated for a time of quiet. Finally, we are interested in you, not what you are wearing.

Our Craft and Chat group meets in Hixon Memorial Hall on the third Monday in every month


Our parish of Hixon: St Peter is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults from harm. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO). Our Diocese of Lichfield’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor who advises our PSO. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the PSO or the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority’s children or adult social care services.