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Lilleshall Walks and Pathways

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It was believed in the early 14th century that an ancient church at Lilleshall was the first resting place of the remains of St. Alkmund (d. c. 800) before their translation to Derby. (fn. 1) The font, presumed to have been made for Lilleshall, seems to indicate that a church existed by the early 12th century, and the dedication to St. Michael, though not traced in medieval records, may denote an early religious site. (fn. 2)

Between 1161 and c. 1170 the canons of Lilleshall received episcopal licence to appropriate the church's revenues, (fn. 3) and the benefice was a vicarage by 1238. (fn. 4) The earliest recorded presentation of a vicar by the canons occurred in 1314. (fn. 5) In 1369 and 1519, during abbatial vacancies, the patronage was exercised by the Crown. (fn. 6) In 1538 the canons surrendered the advowson to the Crown, (fn. 7) which sold it in 1543 to Sir Edward Aston of Tixall (Staffs.), (fn. 8) who immediately conveyed it to James Leveson, lord of the manor. (fn. 9) Except during the period 1823-33, when it was kept by the 2nd marquess of Stafford (fn. 10) (cr. duke of Sutherland 1833), the advowson was held by the lords of the manor until c. 1920, when the 5th duke sold it to Sir John Leigh of Lilleshall Hall, Sheriffhales. (fn. 11) It passed from him c. 1924 to H. B. Rudolph of Manor Farm, Sheriffhales, (fn. 12) and in 1945 from him to the bishop of Lichfield, (fn. 13) the patron in 1979. (fn. 14)







Map showing the Lilleshall Parish boundary, and the main area covered by this site