"Shenstone Church, St John the Baptist, is an ancient cruciform structure, presenting various styles of architecture. The tower is in the transition style, and the nave was probably of the same date, but has been remodelled in the debased style of the present century. The north transcept, which has two good windows, bears the date 1647, when it was partly rebuilt. The south transcept is of brick, and was built to accomodate the people of Stonnall when their old chapel was pulled down. The chancel is also of brick, and in the Italian style. It was built in 1740, by a Mr Hill, who had resided for some time in Italy, and built the house at Shenstone Park. The church has a peal of six bells and is about to undergo a complete restoration. The churchyard commands extensive views, and has a beautiful dial shaft, with a long inscription, erected by Rowland Fryth, and now surmounted by a cross.
The vicarage is in the patronage of the Very Rev John Peel, DD, dean of Worcester, and incumbency of the Rev Robert William Essington, MA"
There is a Wesleyan Chapel at Littlehay, Mr Joseph Ellis is the minister."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]
Postcard of St John the Baptist, Shenstone c1905.