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Churches of the British Isles

Gallery: Churches of Leicestershire

by Peter Kessler, 4 September 2020

Hinckley & Bosworth Part 1: Churches of Barton in the Beans to Sheepy Magna

Barton-in-the-Beans General Baptist Chapel, Leicestershire

Barton-in-the-Beans General Baptist Chapel is on the north side of Main Street, around seventy metres east of the Sycamore Close turning. The original General Baptist chapel here was founded in 1745 as Barton-in-the-Beans Independent Chapel, but by the 1750s the congregation began following General Baptist practices. The chapel was rebuilt in 1841 in the Greek revival style, complete with pews and seating up to 800. Many of the fittings survive today.

Market Bosworth Free Church, Leicestershire

Market Bosworth Free Church stands on the west side of Barton Road, about forty metres north of the Church Street junction to the parish church. Originally Market Bosworth Baptist Chapel, the building became disused in the mid-1930s. In 1947, as there was no nonconformist church in the town, a group formed itself into a body known as the Free Church. In 1949 it drew up a formal constitution which welcomed a congregation of all nonconformist denominations.

St Peter's Church, Witherley, Leicestershire

St Peter's Church, Witherley, is at the southern end of Church Road, with the River Anker on its western flank. It dates originally to the fourteenth century, with a fifteenth century ashlar three-stage west tower with spire, and a three-bay, random rubble chancel that was added in 1858. It is of coursed and squared freestone, with a four-bay nave, an ashlar north aisle, plain tile roofs with stone coped verges, and a fourteenth century gabled south porch.

All Saints Church</b>, Sheepy Magna, Leicestershire

All Saints Church, Sheepy Magna, is on the west side of Main Road, with Church Lane on its north flank and on the southern edge of the main village. An earlier building on this site, with documentary evidence to suggest that it probably predated 1150, was replaced by the present building in 1778. Inside, memorials are dominated by the Fell family which presided over the rectory virtually uninterrupted between 1768-1888. Other memorials relate to the Lowe family.

All photos on this page kindly contributed by Rob Kinnon-Brettle.



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