"The Parish Church, dedicated to the assumption of the Blessed Virgin (St Mary), is an ancient fabric, surmounted by an embattled tower, and formerly belonged to the priory of St Thomas, near Stafford. It has many monuments to the families of Byshbury, Moseley, Huntbach, Hellier, Leacroft, Whitgreave, Gough, and Huskisson, the latter of whom possessed the Oxley estate until 1793. The vicarage is in the patronage of Eskrike Phillips, Esq, and others, and in the incumbency of the Rev. William Lister.
At Moseley, is a Roman Catholic Chapel, belonging to the Whitgreave family, and endowed with a farm. It is served by the priests of Wolverhampton.
The Wesleyans have a small chapel at Essington, built in 1846"
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]
St John The Evangelist, Essington was originally a chapel of ease to Bushbury St Mary. The original chapel was an iron building, with a small tower containing one bell. The present church was built in 1933 as a memorial to the late JW Forrest of Holly Bank House. Essington was formed into an ecclesiastical parish in 1934.