All Saints Church, Loughborough

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Coordinates: 52°46′27.66″N 1°12′13.60″W / 52.7743500°N 1.2037778°W / 52.7743500; -1.2037778

All Saints with Holy Trinity, Loughborough
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All Saints with Holy Trinity, Loughborough
DenominationChurch of England
ChurchmanshipBroad Church
DedicationAll Saints
RectorRevd. Wendy Dalrymple

All Saints Church, officially All Saints with Holy Trinity is the Church of England parish church of the town of Loughborough, Leicestershire within the Diocese of Leicester.


The church dates from the 14th century; the tower from the 15th century.[citation needed] It is located on a slight rise within the old town and is probably the site of a pre-Christian place of worship.[citation needed] All Saints is one of the largest parish churches in England, which is an indication of the importance of Loughborough in the mediaeval wool trade.[citation needed] Loughborough Grammar School was likely founded by a priest at the church c. 1496, paid for in the will of local wool merchant Thomas Burton, and the school was housed within the church grounds until it moved away to its purpose-built campus in 1850.[citation needed] The hymn composer G. W. Briggs (himself an Old Loughburian) was rector of All Saints from 1918 to 1934.[citation needed]

Next door is the Old Rectory, originally a mediaeval manor house, the earliest record of which is 1228. It was mostly demolished before it was recognised that large parts of the mediaeval house remained.[1][2] It now contains a museum which is open on summer Saturdays.

The postcode for the church is LE11 1UX, and its official address is on Rectory Road.[citation needed] However, the main entrance leads onto Steeple Row and Church Gate, the latter a mediaeval street that connects the old town and the church to the modern town centre (Market Place), though now devoid of mediaeval buildings is of mediaeval width and now partially pedestrianised.[citation needed]

List of Rectors[edit]

[citation needed]


All Saints is the official seat of the Archdeacon of Loughborough, previously The Venerable Paul Hackwood, who nevertheless normally resides at St Peter's, Glenfield in Leicester.[citation needed] The Archdeacon oversees the 6 deaneries in Western Leicestershire which are named after ancient hundreds; Akeley East (Loughborough), Akeley South (Coalville), Akeley West (Ashby-de-la-Zouch), Guthlaxton, Sparkenhoe West (Hinckley and Market Bosworth) and Sparkenhoe East.[citation needed]

All Saints is the more traditional one of the two main Anglican churches in Loughborough, the other being Emmanuel Church (1835), which is Evangelical and frequented by many Loughborough University students.[citation needed] Emmanuel has St Mary's, Nanpantan as a sister-church.[citation needed]In Loughborough, there is also The Good Shepherd Church in Shelthorpe and All Saints Thorpe Acre with Dishley.[citation needed]

The Akeley East deanery is headed by a rural dean, The Reverend Cynthia Hebden, who works from nearby St Botolph's, Shepshed.[citation needed]


The tower contains a ring of ten bells hung for change ringing with a tenor weighing 30 long cwt 2 qr (3,420 lb or 1,550 kg) in Db. The present peal were cast between 1897 and 1899 at the John Taylor Bellfoundry in Loughborough., whose foundry was less than a mile away.[5][6] The largest four bells are lost wax castings and have intricate patterns cast on to the waist of the bells.[7]

Bell Diameter Weight
feet & inches (metric equivalent) hundredweights-quarters-pounds (metric equivalent)
Treble 2 ft 4 in (711 mm) 7-1-2 (369 kg)
2nd 2 ft 5½ in (749 mm) 7-0-21 (365 kg)
3rd 2 ft 7½ in (800 mm) 7-2-10 (386 kg)
4th 2 ft 8½ in (826 mm) 7-1-7 (371 kg)
5th 2 ft 10 in (864 mm) 8-1-13 (425 kg)
6th 3 ft 1½ in (953 mm) 9-3-3 (497 kg)
7th 3 ft 5½ in (1054 mm) 12-2-23 (645 kg)
8th 3 ft 8 in (1117 mm) 15-1-25 (786 kg)
9th 4 ft 1 in (1245 mm) 20-3-6 (1057 kg)
Tenor 4 ft 7 in (1397 mm) 30-2-0 (1549 kg)


The church contains a 2-manual pipe organ. It was installed in 1966 by Henry Willis. It uses much pipework from a redundant organ from Bridgway Hall in Nottingham. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.


  • John Baptist Cramer 1838 - 1877[8]
  • Dr. Charles Hage Briggs 1878 - 1902[9]
  • R. T. Bedford 1903 - 1912[10] - 1917
  • C. Milton-Bill 1917 - 1919[11] (afterwards organist of Holy Trinity Church, Swansea).
  • Miss Rigg 1920 - ????
  • Albert Ernest Barton Hart 1924 - 1960s
  • Dr. Peter J. Underwood, M.A. [Downing, Cambridge], M.Mus.[London], Ph.D.[Birmingham], FRCO(CHM), FTCL, LRAM, ARCM, ADCM : 1985 - 2017
  • David Cowen, M.A. [St Peter's, Oxford], FRCO, LRSM, DipNSC : 2017 - Present (Acting)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Loughborough - the rectory". Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  2. ^ "The Old Rectory". Charnwood council. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  3. ^ Fasti Wyndesorienses, May 1950. S.L. Ollard. Published by the Dean and Canons of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
  4. ^ Fletcher, W. G. D. (1894). "Lady Margaret Bromley" (PDF). Transactions of the Leicestershire Architectural Society. Leicestershire Architectural Society. 8 (2): 70–73. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  5. ^,+Freehold+St,+Leicestershire,+Loughborough+LE11+1AN/All+Saints+Church,+Steeple+Row,+Loughborough+LE11+1PL/@52.7736424,-1.2033578,17z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x4879e0a8c907e61f:0x2ae854fc97c78ad5!2m2!1d-1.1985811!2d52.7731376!1m5!1m1!1s0x4879e0ae3e776687:0xb286e9abbe21b89f!2m2!1d-1.2037813!2d52.7744195!3e2
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  8. ^ Leicester Chronicle - Saturday 08 December 1877
  9. ^ Nottingham Evening Post - Wednesday 18 June 1902
  10. ^ Dictionary of Organs and Organists. First Edition. 1912
  11. ^ "Mr. Milton-Bill". Loughborough Echo. England. 19 September 1919. Retrieved 22 February 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.