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A history of the Church of Holy Angels.

The building of the Church of the Holy Angels is the story of the love and devotion of a grieving young aristocratic widow and her lifelong collaboration with one of the foremost church architects of the late nineteenth century. The Hon.Emily Meynell Ingram was the daughter of Viscount Halifax and was widowed after seven years of marriage. She decided to build a memorial to her late husband Hugo on land adjacent to her home, Hoar Cross Hall. Through the help of her brother Charles, the leading layman of the High Church wing of the Church of England, she chose George Frederick Bodley and his partner Thomas Garner as her architects. They had total control of the project and in fact continued working on it until Bodley’s death.

Building work started in May 1872 and was sufficiently advanced for Bishop Selwyn of Lichfield to celebrate the first Eucharist in the new building in January 1874. Two years later he returned to dedicate the church. He seems to have had no qualms in accommodating the overtly Catholic character of the building and the remains of Hugo  Meynell Ingram were removed from Yoxall and laid to rest in his new tomb in the Chantry Chapel. The Foundress was never completely satisfied with her creation and ten years later she had the West wall taken down and the Nave extended by one bay to improve the proportions of the building. The Lady Chapel was added in 1891 and All Souls Chapel in 1900, in order to improve the setting for her planned tomb. After her death, her heir, Frederick Meynell, had the Narthex built as viewing place for visitors and as a memorial to Bodley.

The south-facing Chancel soars to a greater height than the Nave and is a mass of carved stone figures of angels and saints.

A feature of the Nave is the fine carved wooden Stations of the Cross, made in Antwerp in the 1890s. The stained glass windows throughout the church were made by Burlison & Grylls of London.

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