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St Marys Church

 

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  • St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray

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  • The site of St Mary's Church has been a place of worship since Saxon times although the earliest surviving part of the current structure is stonework on the bottom of the tower which has been dated at about 1170.
  • Built from Limestone, St Mary's Church is in effect a small cathedral in terms of the design stretching 57 metres in length and 38 metres in width.
  • The church takes on a cruciform shape with a central crossing tower and trancepts with aisles - one of only five parish churches in England to have such features.
  • Although some of the glass in the church dates back to Norman times and has been assembled as collected fragments, the vast majority comes from the High Middle Ages. The scale of the stained glass is such that it adds up to 15,000 individual pieces in total.
  • A number of interesting tombs can be found within. The highlights are the burial place of a crusader knight with the medieval paintwork still just about visible on the carving of his shield and his helmet hanging over it, and the tomb of Edward Pate and his wife that is decorated with incised depictions of them.

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Reference No.
6382
First Uploaded
10-07-2010
Last Editorial Date
10-07-2010
 

Building Location

Address
Burton Street, Melton Mowbray. LE13
Council
Melton Borough Council
County
Leicestershire
Region
East Midlands
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
1170
Completion date
1530
Style
Gothic

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
40.00
Pinnacle Type
Spire
Roof Height (AGL)
35.00

Market Data

Primary Use
Place of Worship


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