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All Saints, Thurcaston, Leicestershire

(52°41′24″N, 1°9′55″W)
SK 565 106
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Leicestershire
now Leicestershire
medieval Lincoln
now Leicester
  • Richard Jewell
  • Jennifer Alexander
05 Aug 1990 (RJ)

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Thurcaston is a village in the Charnwood district of the county, 4 miles N of Leicester. The church is on the southern edge of the village and is built of granite and slate rubble with stone dressings. It consists of a W tower, nave with N aisle and S porch, and a chancel with a N chapel. The nave is datable to the first half of the 12thc (see the S doorway), next comes the lower part of the W tower with an arch to the nave with capitals of c.1200.The top of the tower is 15thc. A N aisle was added in the late 13thc, but the present arcade is 15thc work, as are the chancel chapel arcade and the S porch. Finally the chancel is of c.1300. The only Romanesque features included here are the S nave doorway and the tower arch.


In 1086 Thurcaston was held by Hugh de Grandmesnil, which was assessed at 9 carucates with a mill and woodland 2 leagues by half a league. It was held by Leofwine before the Conquest.

The manor of Thurcaston came by marriage to Robert le Bussu, Earl of Leicester, around the middle of the 12thc. and he presented it to a follower, one William, who was to keep his falcons; his heirs taking the surname Falconer. In the Matriculus of 1220 Thurcaston Church is described as being under the patronage of the Abbot of St Ebrulph (St Evreux, Normandy) to whom it was probably granted in the late 11thc. It had a vicar and a rector, who paid 28 shillings to the Abbot. The chapel of Austy was annexed to Thurcaston.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches

The S doorway probably dates from the 2nd quarter of the 12thc. The tower arch is probably of c.1200-1220. Pevsner's view, that the foliage forms of both capitals are still Romanesque, is true but he omits to mention the differences of design in the S capital and impost, which look like replacements.


Historic England Listed Building, English Heritage Legacy ID: 189160

J. Nichols, The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester, 4 vols, London 1795 – 1810-11, vol.3 pt.2, 1055 - 73.

  1. Pevsner and E. Williamson, The Buildings of England: Leicestershire and Rutland, New Haven and London 2003, 407.