Wistow – St Wistan’s
According to legend, Saint Wistan, Christian Prince of Mercia, was murdered by his cousin who wanted his throne and cared nothing for Christian religion. A church was built on the site of the murder and then replaced with the current Norman church with a later 13th century tower. The original Norman door can still be seen in the south wall to the right of the present porch. The church consists of a west tower, nave and a transept to the north. The altar is placed at the east end of the nave as there is no separate chancel.
In 1603 the church and manor were bought by the Halford family and in 1641 Richard Halford was made a Baronet by King Charles I. There is a fine memorial to him in the transept with his coat of arms above. Sir Henry Halford later made extensive improvements to Wistow Hall, and created the lake, at the same time diverting the road around it. He was also responsible for completing the Georgian restoration of the church, and his initials can be found on the drainpipe heads outside. The box pews were added in the 18th century.