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St Nicholas, Lockington, Leicestershire

(52°50′47″N, 1°18′23″W)
SK 468 279
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Leicestershire
now Leicestershire
  • Biba Gonzalez
  • Ron Baxter
  • Biba Gonzalez
1 July 2013

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Lockington is a village in the extreme NW of the county,. The Derbyshire border is a mile to the N, and Derby, 8 miles to the NW, is the nearest major town. The village is small and attractive with the church close to its centre. It consists of a 13thc nave and chancel with arcades of the same period, widened in the 14thc. The S porch was rebuilt in 1946. The W tower belongs to the later 14thc or early 15thc, and a clerestorey was added to the nave c.1500. The earliest part of the fabric is the N aisle doorway of the early 13thc, but there are Norman remains in the form of part of a 12thc doorway rebuilt inside the N aisle, a font and a fragment of a billet label reset on the exterior, in the angle between the chancel and the S aisle.


Lockington is not mentioned in the Domesday Survey but might have been included in the assessment of Kegworth, at that time held in chief by Hugh d'Avranches, Earl of Chester (Nichols, III, 870). The first holder of the manor of whom we have certain knowledge was Robert de Beaumont, 2nd Earl of Leicester (1104-68), also known as Robert le Bossu, or Hunchback. He gave the rectory of Lockington to the abbot and convent of St Mary de Pratis, Leicester, which he had founded, and by 1220 the church of Lockington and most of the parish was held by the same abbey (Nichols op.cit.). Lockington has not yet been covered by the VCH, and the later history will also be found in Nichols.


Exterior Features

Exterior Decoration


Interior Features

Interior Decoration





The billet label must come from a different doorway than the one partly reset inside the church. Centrifugal chevron and the grotesque label stop are not really diagnostic of date. It is possible that the inscribed designs on the font bowl indicate that a elaborately patterned bowl was planned but not executed. It should perhaps be compared with the font at Rothley.


Historic England Listed Building. English Heritage Legacy ID: 358192

Leicestershire and Rutland Historic Environment Record MLE11317

J. Nichols, The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester, 4 vols, London 1795 – 1810-11, vol.3 (1804), 870-79.

  1. N. Pevsner and E. Williamson, The Buildings of England: Leicestershire and Rutland, New Haven and London 2003, 276-77.