St Dionysius' Church, Market Harborough

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St Dionysius’ Church, Market Harborough
St Dionysius Church, Market Harborough, Leicestershire.jpg
St Dionysius’ Church, Market Harborough
Coordinates: 52°28′49.75″N 0°55′9.04″W / 52.4804861°N 0.9191778°W / 52.4804861; -0.9191778
LocationMarket Harborough
DenominationChurch of England
DedicationSt Dionysius
Heritage designationGrade I listed[1]
Height154 feet (47 m)
ParishMarket Harborough
DioceseDiocese of Leicester

St Dionysius' Church, Market Harborough is a Grade I listed[1] parish church in the Church of England in Market Harborough, Leicestershire.[2]


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.[3] 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.[4] Modifications were made in 1914. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[5]


There are ten bells in the belfry. Eight of the bells were recast in 1901 and two new bells were added in 1990.


  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Church of St Dionysius  (Grade I) (1074439)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  2. ^ The Buildings of England. Leicestershire and Rutland. Nikolaus Pevsner. Yale University Press. ISBN 0300096186
  3. ^ "Market Harborough, Church Restoration". Stamford Mercury. Stamford. 8 January 1858. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Opening of an Organ at St Dionysius". Northampton Mercury. Northampton. 11 August 1877. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  5. ^ "NPOR N04542". National Pipe Organ Register. British Institute of Organ Studies. Retrieved 8 August 2015.