St Margaret's Church, Leicester

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St Margaret's Church, Leicester
St Margaret's church, Leicester.jpg
View from southwest
Coordinates: 52°38′25″N 1°08′11″W / 52.64030°N 1.13625°W / 52.64030; -1.13625
DenominationChurch of England
Canon(s)Barry Naylor

St Margaret's Church is an ancient Anglican parish church situated on St Margaret's Way in Leicester, England. It is a Grade I listed building.[1]


Parts of the transept date from c. 1200, and parts of the aisles from the late 13th century. Most of the church was rebuilt in Perpendicular style c. 1444,[2] under William Alnwick, the Bishop of Lincoln. The west tower, which is 108 feet (33 m) high, was built at that time.[3] It contains a ring of 14 bells[4] including a flat sixth.[5] There was a Victorian restoration by George Gilbert Scott in 1860,[3] and another in 1881 by George Edmund Street.[2]

The church contains stained glass by Thomas Willement dating from the 1840s, and William Wailes of 1864.[1]


The alabaster effigy of John Penny dates from 1520, although his original tomb was replaced in 1846.[6] He was the abbot of Leicester Abbey from 1496 to 1509,[7] and subsequently Bishop of Carlisle.[6]

Rollo's tomb in the churchyard

The churchyard contains the 1765 tomb of Andrew Rollo, 5th Lord Rollo. The Doric, Grade II* listed structure is faced with slate relief sculptures.[8]


The organ dates from 1773 but is now much enlarged. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[9]



  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Church of St Margaret (1074072)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b Historic England. "LEICESTER CHURCH GATE SK 5805 (east side) 4/27 St Margaret's Church (1074072)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  3. ^ a b "The ancient borough: St. Margaret's, A History of the County of Leicester: volume 4: The City of Leicester (1958)". British History Online. Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  4. ^ Rounds and Call Changes on 14 at Leicester St Margaret; Youtube
  5. ^ Dove, R. H. (1982) A Bellringer's Guide to the Church Bells of Britain; 6th ed. Aldershot: Viggers; p. 65 (records 13 bells including a flat 6th)
  6. ^ a b Cocks, T. Y. "Penny, John (d. 1520)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  7. ^ Hoskins, W. G.; McKinley, R. A., eds. (1954). "Houses of Augustinian canons: Leicester abbey". A History of the County of Leicestershire: Volume 2 (Victoria County History). London. pp. 13–19. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Tomb of Andrew Lord Rollo to the north east of St Margaret's Church (1250247)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  9. ^ "The National Pipe Organ Register - NPOR". Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  10. ^ Kroeger, Karl (2001). "Valentine, John". In Sadie, Stanley (ed.). New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 26. London: Macmillan. pp. 207–8. ISBN 0-333-60800-3.