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St Peter, Hathern, Leicestershire

(52°47′45″N, 1°15′24″W)
SK 502 223
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Leicestershire
now Leicestershire
medieval Lincoln
now Leicester
  • Richard Jewell
  • Ron Baxter
  • Ron Baxter
05 Aug 1990 (RJ), 4 April 2023 (RB)

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Hathern is a village in the Charnwood district of NW Leicestershire, just over 2 miles NW of Loughborough. The church, close to the centre of the villlage, is of mixed rubble with ashlar derssings and consists of a nave with clerestorey and 4-bay aisles, a S porch and a W tower. The chancel has a N chapel now housing an organ and there is a N vestry. The earliest of the fabric is 14thc, and the clerestorey and tower were added in the 15thc. There was a restoration by Joseph Mitchell of Sheffield in 1861-62. The only Romanesque features are an arcaded font and a loose triple scallop capital.


In 1086 Hathern was part of the manor of Kegworth, which was held by Robert from Hugh, Earl of Chester. Hathern and Dishley accounted for 3 carucates of ploughland. The manor belonged to Robert le Bossu, Earl of Leicester at his death in 1168, passing to his son Robert Blanchmains and then to his grandson Robert Parnell, who died without issue in 1205. Robert le Bossu was the founder of Leicester Abbey in 1143, and Hathern was probably one of the churches given to the abbey by its founder (VCH). In or soon after 1379 the advowson was alienated to the college of St Mary de Castro, Leicester.




Loose Sculpture


The font is early 12thc. Nichols also illustrates a coped coffin lid bearing a long-shafted cross with a head like a cartwheel (six spokes); this was "in a cell of the east window", and looks contemporary with the font. The capital, large and carved on 3 faces, could come from a chancel arch respond of an earlier church.


Historic England Listed Building, English Heritage Legacy ID: 189420

J. Nichols, The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester, 4 vols, London 1795 – 1810-11, vol. 3 part 2, 842-48 and pl.cxvi

N. Pevsner and E. Williamson, The Buildings of England: Leicestershire and Rutland, New Haven and London 2003, 174.

Victoria County History: Leicestershire 2 (1954), 13-19. (on Leicester Abbey)