St Peter, Kirby Bellars, Leicestershire
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB
N 52° 45.421 W 000° 56.254
30U E 639178 N 5847236
Quick Description: St. Peter’s Church is remarkably lavish for such a small village. Made of ironstone and decorated, it was transferred to the Augustinian Canons of the priory to the north in 1359.
Location: East Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/2/2013 3:49:33 PM
Waymark Code: WMH75R
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Jyrki&Sari
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Long Description:
The impressive tower has an ashlar spire, with very low broaches – which can be seen throughout the northern sections of the saucer-shaped Wreake valley.

Considerable amounts of Roman pottery found in the churchyard in the 1960’s suggest a long history of use of the site. A contemporary charter in the Lincoln Episcopal Registers states that one Roger Beler founded a chantry in 1316 in the chapel of his manor house ,some distance from the parish church. This eventually became a Priory, and shaped the worshipping life of the village and surrounding area until the Dissolution in 1535.

The nave at the core of the present building dates from the early thirteenth century and was built in the Early English Gothic style.

The very wide south aisle is of the 14thcentury, and currently houses a children’s area with desks, soft toys and chairs for use both during services, and for casual visitors during the week.

Recently major damage has been identified to the stonework of the tower and spire. Emergency repairs were underway at the time of my visit.
Building Materials: Stone

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