St Peter - Mountsorrel, Leicestershire
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB
N 52° 43.833 W 001° 08.457
30U E 625531 N 5843918
Quick Description: St Peter's church on Loughborough Road, Mountsorrel.
Location: East Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/7/2016 12:55:44 PM
Waymark Code: WMQWQ9
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Dorcadion Team
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Long Description:
"The chapel of St. John the Baptist was first built in around 1240. Its tower still stands but the rest of the chapel was rebuilt around 1440 and the belfry was added on top of the old tower. The current belfry is likely to be a replacement of what would have originally been one of timber construction.

The chapel was enlarged in 1795 and drastically rearranged, with the altar being moved to the west end just in front of the tower. In 1870 the building went through another dramatic transformation and the altar was returned to the east end. During this metamorphosis the mediaeval arches were demolished, the walls were increased in height, new and larger windows were installed and a new roof was put in place.

Despite the considerable changes made to the original chapel, much of the older building is still visible in the present structure. The old clock in the east gable dates from about 1780, and its mechanism is still in place inside the roof.

It is thought that the chapel became an independent church in January 1869, and the church became known as St. Peter's at about the same time. However, the name seems to have dated - at least unofficially - much earlier, as St. Peter's was mentioned in John Nichols' history of Leicestershire in 1800.

The vestry was added in 1889 and the porch was built ten years later. The kitchen, toilet block and new organ chamber were built in 1999, and extensive (yet sympathetic) building work was undertaken in 2012 to improve disabled access and the vestry and kitchen areas."

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Building Materials: Stone

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