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Leicester Cathedral Also known as St Martin's Church

 

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  • A church called St Martin's has been on the site for about a thousand years, being first recorded in 1086, when the Saxon place of worship was replaced by a stone Norman one.
  • The present building dates to about that age and is believed to be the original Norman one, with additions of a spire, not to mention numerous extensions throughout the years that includes most unusually, a half timbered porch.
  • Richard the III is reputedly buried in the church in the central nave although whether his corpse is in the tomb is another matter as it was thrown into the River Soar by the forces of Henry the VII at one point. He died in battle at the nearby Bosworth Field.

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Reference Data

Reference No.
742
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
01-07-2009
 

Building Location

Address
21 St Martin's, Leicester. LE1 5DE
Council
Leicester City Council
County
Leicestershire
Region
East Midlands
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
1086
Completion date
1927
Heritage Status
Grade II
Style
Gothic

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
67.20
Pinnacle Type
Spire

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Primary Use
Place of Worship


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