St Dionysius' Church, Market Harborough
|St Dionysius’ Church, Market Harborough|
St Dionysius’ Church, Market Harborough
|Denomination||Church of England|
|Heritage designation||Grade I listed|
|Height||154 feet (47 m)|
|Diocese||Diocese of Leicester|
The earliest parts of the church date from the 13th century, with most features dating from 14th and 15th centuries. Part of the tower was destroyed in a storm in 1735 and the replacement was several feet shorter. Restoration work was carried out in 1857 when the pews of 1751 were cut down in height to about 3 ft and the organ moved from the west gallery to a specially constructed recess. The church reopened on 8 January 1858. In 1887 the chancel and south aisle were re-roofed, and in 1951 the nave roof was replaced.
The pipe organ was moved in 1857 and later replaced with a new instrument by J Porritt of Leicester. This was opened on 9 August 1877. Modifications were made in 1914. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.
There are ten bells in the belfry. Eight of the bells were recast in 1901 and two new bells were added in 1990.
- Historic England. "Church of St Dionysius (Grade I) (1074439)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
- The Buildings of England. Leicestershire and Rutland. Nikolaus Pevsner. Yale University Press. ISBN 0300096186
- "Market Harborough, Church Restoration". Stamford Mercury. Stamford. 8 January 1858. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
- "Opening of an Organ at St Dionysius". Northampton Mercury. Northampton. 11 August 1877. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
- "NPOR N04542". National Pipe Organ Register. British Institute of Organ Studies. Retrieved 8 August 2015.