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Church of the Martyrs

A Grade II Listed Building in Westcotes, Leicester

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Latitude: 52.6289 / 52°37'44"N

Longitude: -1.1508 / 1°9'2"W

OS Eastings: 457577

OS Northings: 303801

OS Grid: SK575038

Mapcode National: GBR FBM.YH

Mapcode Global: WHDJJ.958Y

Plus Code: 9C4WJRHX+HM

Entry Name: Church of the Martyrs

Listing Date: 9 January 2003

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1350379

English Heritage Legacy ID: 489948

Location: Westcotes, Leicester, LE3

County: Leicester

Electoral Ward/Division: Westcotes

Built-Up Area: Leicester

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: Leicester The Martyrs

Church of England Diocese: Leicester

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09-JAN-03 Church of the Martyrs


Church. 1889-90. By Ewan Christian for the Harris family. Red brick with stone dressings and Westmorland slate roof with stone-coped gables. Early English style. East end apse, nave with north transept and narrow northern aisle and wider south aisle, west end has entrance lean-to and baptistery apse. South east tower with pyramidal spire. Apse has narrow lancets. North transept has paired lancet window with roundel above. North aisle has 3-light mullion and transom windows. South tower is of 3 stages with occasional lancets to the lower stages and a polygonal stair projection to east, then triple lancet bell-chamber openings with corbel table above and spire. South aisle has lancets and on west end a doorway within moulded arch at the end of the lean-to. This has lancets to west continuing round the baptistery apse. Above is the west window of 4 lancets with roundel above.
INTERIOR. Eastern apse has wooden vaulted roof rising from stone shafts and corbels. Panelling below. Central reredos with a moulded relief showing Christ in Glory holding a chalice and kneeling knight and mother and child. Carved chancel fittings including choir stalls, organ screen and pulpit. Stained glass in apse windows re-arranged. Stained glass in south windows. Boarded keel-shaped nave roof rises from cove and curved braces on stone corbels. Moulded brick nave arcades on round stone columns with octagonal capitals. Pews to nave and south aisles. The organ screen at the head of the south aisle has panelling with memorial inscriptions to members of the Harris family of Westcotes and their benefactions to the church. West arcade leads to narthex with baptistery which has stone tub font on colonnettes.
A very harmonious design with finely detailed interior and many fittings surviving.
Forms a significant group with the adjacent vicarage (q.v.).

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