A wonderful historical church.For some reason or other often left out of places to go . Its beauty has been likened to Westminster Abbey,its historical importance to Shropshire is emence.Every so often if close by i will call in just to see its beauty and feel the tranquility of being there.
Dating back to the Norman times it is said this is the third church on this spot.Once having a school,hospital and a castle close by it was a very important area.All with the exception of the church have gone.The castle gate can still be seen but the castle was blown up in the 1950s as dangerous and only a rich mans folly this has been proved wrong and it has been proved to be more important hitorically than thought.
The church,when you enter you go back in time,unspoilt by modernisation,original wood work,the pews date back centuaries then come the tombs.Effagies of who is buried there lie on top either in stone or etched in brass.Will not say to much about them because this is for you to discover.The Verno family ai represented there who came from Derbyshire Sudbury Hall which i reported on in an earlier review.A beautiful communion challice was presented to the church ,in christle and gold but this is held in Licfield Cathedral for safty.
There is talk that the Holy Grail is hidden in the church but never found.
Charles Dickens visited the church whilst visiting his Aunt in close by Albrighton.she was housekeeper at the Harp Inn.Whilst at Tong it is said he wrote The old curiosity shop and little Nell is buried there.This was just a story set up by the Curate of the time to bring money into the church.He faked the burial records and made a false grave which is still there.You can obtain quality booklets from the church and they expect you to be so h and trust you a secure box hangs on the wall for your donations.
Give yourself at least 2hours to absorb what is around you and apprecate the tranquilty.
If you choose a nice day you can further explore the other historical places close by.Weston Park the country home of the Earl of Bradford is less than 3 miles away.When you plan your trip take care it is not the V festival which is held there in August .2 mile away is Boscabel house where Prince Charles hid in the Royal Oak the tree is still there said to have been sporned from a acorn from the original tree.Chillington Hall is within4 miles owned by the Gifford family who were granted the lands after the Norman conquest.If you intend a visit it only open pn certain days and times of the year.Albrighton is a mear 3 miles away and the Harp Inn good pint But not a lot to see.
One other attraction is RAF Cosford Aerospace musuem well worth a visit and i will do a review on it seperately leave this to another day because you need at least 4 hours to absorb and appreciate all that is displayed there.
That is Tong and the area around it Choose a nice day and appreciate the beauty of the church and the area around.
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