St Andrew - Kegworth, Leicestershire
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB
N 52° 50.140 W 001° 16.668
30U E 616011 N 5855379
Quick Description: St Andrew's church, Churchgate, Kegworth.
Location: East Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 3/6/2016 7:11:55 AM
Waymark Code: WMQN40
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
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Long Description:
" The Parish Church stands on a commanding site overlooking the Market Place where Kegworth people have worshipped for a thousand years
and where the present building has stood almost unchanged since 1387.

Most Medieval churches are a mixture of styles, having been altered and added to down the centuries. Kegworth church is unusual as far as it is mainly all from the same period of time. The present church is one of the largest parish churches in Leicestershire, complete with chancel, nave and aisles, wide transepts and a large western tower and spire. All that remains of the previous Norman church is the rough stone walling of the lower part of the tower, the large double buttresses and the elegant Spire are all 14th century.

Originally the church had steeply pitched roofs, but in the 15th century the Nave walls were raised to accommodate Clerestory windows to flood the Nave with light. The present flat pitched roof is spanned by great oak tie beams carrying matching purlins with elaborate carved bosses at the intersections. Its unique feature is a series of fourteen figures representing medieval bands-men with their instruments - including a bagpipe, a tambourine, a trumpet and a harp. Unfortunately only one of the figures is original, the remainder were beautifully re-carved in the restoration of 1860. In the Pre-reformation times there were three chantry chapels in the Transepts, evidence by the three Piscenae which still remain. On the south side of the Chancel is an old Aumbry recess besides a forth Piscena and two sedilla. "

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Building Materials: Stone

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