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St Peter, Stonesby, Leicestershire

(52°48′48″N, 0°46′54″W)
SK 822 247
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Leicestershire
now Leicestershire
medieval St Peter
now St Peter
  • Richard Jewell
  • Ron Baxter
  • Jennifer Alexander
  • Ron Baxter
05 Aug 1990 (RJ), 3 April 2023 (RB)

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Stonesby is a small village in the Melton district of NE Leicestershire, 5½ miles NE of Melton Mowbray. St Peter's is on the N side of the main street, and consists of an early-14thc nave, aisles and chancel, the last refaced in in 1667, and a late-14thc W tower. In the chancel is a S doorway, 12thc in origin but retooled. There is a fine 12thc font but this is completely retooled. The church is of limestone and some ironstone and was restored by R W Johnson in 1874-75.


Guy de Craon held 8 carucates of land in Stonesby in 1086, and the same family held the manor. Alan de Craon, Steward to Henry I, (1100-35) founded a priory of Benedictine monks at Freiston, Lincolnshire, annexing it as a cell to Croyland Abbey to which he gave, amongst other things, the church at Stonesby.


Exterior Features





The font has been totally retooled and now looks Victorian. According to a local cottager the 15thc. font was destroyed in the Civil War and replaced at the Restoration by the present one, from elsewhere. If it is original it has been so thoroughly restored as not to look it. I am inclined to think it is a post-medieval pastiche, but it must pre-date 1795 when Nichols recorded that "the font is octagonal, with flowers etc" (RJ). The List description calls it a C12 reworked font. It is closely related to the more elaborate, later font at Waltham-on-the-Wolds, slightly over a mile to the W.


Historic England Listed Building, English Heritage Legacy ID: 190277

  1. Nichols, The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester, 4 vols, London 1795 – 1810-11, v.2, 361-63

N. Pevsner and E. Williamson, The Buildings of England: Leicestershire and Rutland, New Haven and London 2003, 396.