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St. Wistan`s Church (Wistow)

St. Wistan`s Church is the parish church of the deserted mediaeval village of Wistow, in Leicestershire.

It stands in a picturesque position close to hall and lake, and has a tower.

The dedication is unusual, and refers to the political killing of St. Wistan, a prince of the House of Mercia, later regarded as a martyr.

The church dates back to the Norman period, but was remodelled in 1746.

There is a splendid collection of monuments to members of the Halford family. They include Sir Henry Halford, Royal physician to George III, George IV, William IV and Victoria. It was he who discovered that George III was suffering for porphyria rather than insanity.

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