Oaks in Charnwood

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Oaks in Charnwood is a hamlet of scattered houses in the English county of Leicestershire within the Charnwood Forest. Oaks in Charnwood is located in and is part of the Civil Parish of Charley in North West Leicestershire. The ecclesiastical Parish of Oaks in Charnwood extends to the north of the Charley civil parish boundary, into the Shepshed civil parish.

The Oaks Church

The center of this small hamlet is the Church of St. James the Greater, which nestles in a picturesque valley.

The church, erected in 1815 and consecrated on the day of Waterloo, was rebuilt and enlarged in 1883, it is of forest stone in the Early English style and has an embattled western tower with a small pyramid roof. A particularly interesting feature is a collection of French lances mounted on the north wall of the church, said to have been retrieved from the field at Waterloo,[1]

The church was formerly part of a united benefice with Saint Peter's, Copt Oak. Today, it is linked with the church of Saint Botolph, Shepshed.[2]

The Oaks is also the site of a campsite for Scouts.

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Coordinates: 52°44′10″N 1°17′49″W / 52.736°N 1.297°W / 52.736; -1.297

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  1. ^ North West Leicestershire, Official Guide.
  2. ^ http://www.shepshedandoaks.co.uk