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St Mark's Church
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The church in April 2006
52°39′58″N 2°01′25.02″W / 52.66611°N 2.0236167°W / 52.66611; -2.0236167Coordinates: 52°39′58″N 2°01′25.02″W / 52.66611°N 2.0236167°W / 52.66611; -2.0236167
Location Great Wyrley
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Dedication St Mark
Consecrated 22 July 1845 (1845-07-22)
Architect(s) Thomas Johnson
Style Early English
Groundbreaking 1844
Completed 1845
Construction cost £2,800
Parish Great Wyrley
Deanery Rugeley
Archdeaconry Lichfield
Diocese Diocese of Lichfield
Vicar(s) Revd. Graham Horner

St Mark's is the parish church of Great Wyrley, South Staffordshire, England. It is known for having had the first South Asian vicar of any Church of England parish, Shapurji Edalji, and for its association with Edalji's son George, who was falsely convicted on a charge of injuring a pony, and cleared after the intervention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


The stone church, in early English style, its vicarage and an adjacent school were built in 1845 to designs by the architect Thomas Johnson of Lichfield and consecrated on Tuesday 22 July 1845 by John Lonsdale, Bishop of Lichfield.

The church's early baptism, marriage and burial registers are held by Staffordshire Records Office, the Bishops' transcripts at Lichfield Records Office.

The Edaljis

Shapurji Edalji was given the 'living' as vicar of St Mark's by Lonsdale's successor George Selwyn. Edalji obtained the position though the previous incumbent, his wife's uncle, who arranged it as a wedding present. 'Livings' were scarce, conferred valuable emoluments and were much sought after.

Edalji moved into the vicarage, a large house with its own grounds, in late 1875; George, the first child, was born there soon after. The Reverend Edaji was more assertive than his predecessor and was sometimes involved in controversy about parish business.

Edalji senior died at the vicarage in 1918 and is buried in the churchyard.

Current activity

The church and its neighbour, the parish's other CoE church, St Andrew's, Landywood are managed in tandem.

There is a church hall adjacent to the church.

As of March 2015 the vicar is the Revd. Graham Horner.


The church has a pipe organ by Nicholson dating from 2000, an earlier organ having been damaged by fire. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.

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