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Church Ruins

A Grade II Listed Building in Knaptoft, Leicestershire

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Latitude: 52.5005 / 52°30'1"N

Longitude: -1.0773 / 1°4'38"W

OS Eastings: 462735

OS Northings: 289581

OS Grid: SP627895

Mapcode National: GBR 9QL.BGC

Mapcode Global: VHCT8.8DVY

Plus Code: 9C4WGW2F+63

Entry Name: Church Ruins

Listing Date: 11 January 1955

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1061481

English Heritage Legacy ID: 191285

ID on this website: 101061481

Location: Knaptoft, Harborough, Leicestershire, LE17

County: Leicestershire

District: Harborough

Civil Parish: Knaptoft

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: Mowsley

Church of England Diocese: Leicester

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Church Ruins


Remains of Church. Probably largely C13. Cobble and rubble stone construction.
The ruins were consolidated in the earlier C20, and it seems likely that some
re-construction was made at the time, throwing doubt on the authenticity of
the surviving lay-out and location of specific details. However, possibly
the original plan consisted of nave with north tower and chancel: the walls
of this tower survive to a height of c6' and are very thick. There is an outer
doorway with continuous moulding and the capitals of missing shafts survive.
This opens onto a passage terminating with cylindrical clustered shafts.
The length of wall running west of this incorporates 2 stumps of shafts, and
2 deeply moulded arches: these fragments may be re-sited however, since both
features would appear to relate to doorways. There is also a stub of walling
running north, further west than the tower. No west or east walls survive,
and the south wall while it exists has been extensively consolidated. The
church was reputedly destroyed by Cromwellian soldiers in the wake of the
Battle of Naseby.

Listing NGR: SP6273589581

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