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Name:CHURCH OF ALL SAINTS, MAIN STREET (SOUTH SIDE), THEDDINGWORTH
HER Ref:MLE12883
Parish:Theddingworth, Harborough, Leicestershire
Grid Reference:SP 667 857
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Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Early Medieval to Modern - 1101 AD to 2050 AD)

Summary

The church has Norman features in the nave, north arcade and an arch. C13th chancel and south arcade. C13th-C14th arch south of chancel. C16th part of the north aisle. Externally perpendicular. Major restoration was carried out in 1858.

Additional Information

Listed building description:
Parish Church. Origins in C12, though externally much is of C15, and it was restored in 1858 by Sir George Gilbert Scott. Coursed ironstone rubble with limestone dressings. Leaded roofs, though plain tiles to chancel. West tower and spire, nave with two aisles and low clerestory, chancel and two flanking chapels.
C15 tower of 3 stages with pilaster buttresses at angles and paired lights with transoms to bell chamber. Embattled parapet with large grotesque gargoyles clutching the angles. Recessed spire with twin tiers of lucarnes. Buttressed south aisle with possibly C18 south porch with round-headed arch and coped gable: the inner door has a heavy ogee arch beneath an outer hood mould and is probably C16. Windows are Perpendicular: grouped, round-headed lights set beneath square hood moulds. South chancel chapel and chancel are C13 - C14, though the 3-light chancel east window is a Victorian restoration in the Decorated style. Buttressed north aisle and chapel with Perpendicular windows and Victorian half-timbered porch: the inner door is Victorian but its hood mould appears to be medieval. Limestone parapet to both aisles.
Low and dark interior with tall, double chamfered west tower arch of the late C13 set in a squared embrasure. Nave of 5 bays. The north arcade is late C12: cylindrical shafts have trumpet scalloped capitals and one of stiff leaf, with a wide splay up to the square abaci. The south arcade is slightly later, early C13, with clustered cylindrical shafts and double chamfered arches, still round-headed. Outer hood moulds with corbel heads. The low clerestory has paired lights. Victorian nave roof with cusped braces to tie beam and traceried panels between posts above it. Late C13 chancel arch, steep and double chamfered, and round-headed arches to north and south chapels. Chancel roof is vaulted in wood, with ribs forming square panels, and painted, part of a complete scheme of decoration carried out by Sir G.G. Scott: the walls are treated in broad decorative bands with stencilled flowers in lower section, then a deep frieze; mock ashlaring and angels and quatrefoil medallions, and above these a row of arcading. Stencilled flowers also adorn the voussoirs of the chapel arches and over the east window is a full scale painting of Christ in Majesty. The tower space is also painted, the decorative scheme continues through the richly tiled floors and the furnishings, including the tall wood font canopy, the marbled pulpit, low marble chancel screen and the pews.
The north chancel chapel takes up part of the north arcade and contains C16 and C17 tombs. The older of the two, contains two recumbent effigies, probably Elizabethan or Jacobean, propped on their elbows, with the male figure above the female, both framed an aedicule on a high predella, all of alabaster, richly decorated with strapwork etc. On the predella there are the figures of children, 4 girls in low relief stiffly kneeling. No inscription, but from the coat of arms, the tomb is probably for George Chambre and his wife, of Hothorpe. A smaller tomb is mounted on the south wall in memory of George Bathurst and his wife Elizabeth: she bore him 17 children, who are all depicted in low relief in the traditional manner, beneath two busts in oval niches of the parents. There is also a painted organ by Snetzler, 1754. Stairs and doorway to rood loft visible. In the south chapel is a large monument of 1772 to G. Davies. It is a large piece with angled broken pediment surrounding an urn on a pedestal with a fulsome epitaph. Tomb in south aisle to the Reverend Slaughter Clark and Rachel, his wife, by Hayward, of 1772. Almost life size marble figures, he stands while she reclines on an urn.
Stained glass: in the north aisle and north chapel, several windows of c.1870-90 in a Renaissance style, the use of a lot of yellow in the classical architectural settings to figures of saints. The chancel east window of 1858 is in a medieval style as are the saints in the clerestory windows, the west tower window and the south chapel, which is of 1863. There is more Renaissance style glass in the south aisle, dated 1886 and 1889. C12 font beneath Victorian cover, a simple round basin with a moulded rim.

Project Gargoyle survey work in 2011 recorded simple human heads on the south aisle arcade dating to the 13th century; some of the label stops on the exterior of the windows of the south aisle are presumably also early 13th century, although others are from the 1858 restoration by Sir George Gilbert Scott. Other external carvings are either from the 15th century or the 1858 restoration. The excellent grotesques clutching the corners of the 15th century tower are almost certainly original and not restorations.


Pevsner N, 1984, The Buildings of England Leicestershire and Rutland, p404 (Bibliographic reference). SLE4.

Sources

---Bibliographic reference: Pevsner N. 1984. The Buildings of England Leicestershire and Rutland. p404.

Associated Finds

    None recorded

Designations

  • Listed Building (I) 1188196: CHURCH OF ALL SAINTS
  • Conservation Area: Theddingworth

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Carved head, All Saints Church, Theddingworth  © Leicestershire County Council

Carved head, All Saints Church, Theddingworth © Leicestershire County Council

Carved head, All Saints Church, Theddingworth  © Leicestershire County Council

Carved head, All Saints Church, Theddingworth © Leicestershire County Council

Gargoyle, All Saints Church, Theddingworth  © Leicestershire County Council

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Label stop, All Saints Church, Theddingworth  © Leicestershire County Council

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Label stop, All Saints Church, Theddingworth  © Leicestershire County Council

Label stop, All Saints Church, Theddingworth © Leicestershire County Council

South elevation, All Saints Church, Theddingworth  © Leicestershire County Council

South elevation, All Saints Church, Theddingworth © Leicestershire County Council