St James’ Church

St James’ Church is a red brick building with four domes topped by finials in neo-classical style, built to celebrate the return to sanity of King George III.

The organ was designed by Handel in 1749 for his librettist Charles Jennens, who was the cousin of the 4th Earl of Aylesford, who built the church. There is also evidence to suggest that Handel himself played the organ.

The church does not belong to a parish — it is owned and maintained by the Aylesford family.

Opening arrangements

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. The key can be obtained from the Estate Office at Packington Hall, preferably by arranging in advance (Telephone: 01676 522020 or email: At other times by prior arrangement with Lord Aylesford (Telephone: 01676 522274).