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St Peter, Horninghold, Leicestershire

(52°33′56″N, 0°48′39″W)
SP 807 971
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Leicestershire
now Leicestershire
medieval Lincoln
now Leicester
medieval St Peter
now St Peter
  • Richard Jewell
22 Oct 1989

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Feature Sets

Horninghold in a small village 7 miles NE of Market Harborough. The church, dating from the first half of the 12thc, comprised nave, chancel and tower. When aisles were added in the 13thc. the S doorway was preserved and reset in the new S wall. The tower was rebuilt in the late 13thc, with a short broach-spire. The S doorway has the only surviving Romanesque sculpture.


The church and village of Horninghold were given by Robert de Todeni, Lord of Belvoir, to his priory of Belvoir (a cell of St Albans), founded in 1076. Horninghold formed part of the original endowment of the priory and remained in its possession until the dissolution (VCH 1964, 155).


Exterior Features



Good quality work, probably of the mid-12thc, and in very good condition. The stone is fine white or yellowish oolitic limestone (Ketton/Barnack).


J. Nichols, The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicestershire, II, London, 1798, 609

N. Pevsner and E. Williamson, The Buildings of England: Leicestershire and Rutland, New Haven and London, 1989, 179.

Victoria County History: Leicestershire, V, London, 1964, 155.