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St Bartholomew, Quorn, Leicestershire

(52°44′35″N, 1°10′18″W)
SK 560 165
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Leicestershire
now Leicestershire
medieval Lincoln
now Leicester
  • Richard Jewell
  • Jennifer Alexander
05 Aug 1990

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Feature Sets

The name of the village was changed to Quorn from Quorndon in 1889 to avoid postal confusion with Quarndon (Derbyshire). Quorn is a large in the Charnwood district of N Leicestershire, 2 miles SE of Loughborough. The church is at the N end of the village and is a Mountsorrel granite rubble building consisting nave, W tower and chancel. The nave has a N aisle, and a S chapel (the Farnham chapel) alongside the W end. The E part of the Farnham Chapel is a porch covering a 12thc doorway, with a Priest's Room above. The chancel has a N organ room. Apart from the surviving doorways, the fabric is 14thc and later. The 14thc N aisle was widened in 1842 by William Parsons. The church was restored by Ewan Christian in 1865-66, and the organ room was added in 1897 by W. D. Caroe. The only 12thc sculpture is on the S nave doorway, but there is also a plain 12thc Priest's doorway.


The village is not noted in the Domesday Survey, but Nichols (p.95) notes that in the reign of Henry III Sir Robert de Farnham, a descendant of the Robert de Farnham who came over with the Conqueror, owned a large estate in 'Querndon'. The church was originally a chapelry to Barrow-upon-Soar, and belonged to the abbey of St Mary de Pratis, Leicester; to which it was given by the Earl of Chester prior to 1162 (V.C.H. II p.17 says it was appropriated 1203-6).


Exterior Features



The obscuring of the doorway by the porch is unfortunate, as it clearly has unusual features. The sawtooth bases may relate to a group of churches centred on Castor (Northants). Hyphenated scallop capitals are unusual and the finest examples are in the Infirmary Hall of Ely cathedral. Locally they are found in the N arcade at Hallaton (Leics), but the comparison is not a close one.


G. Farnham and A. Hamilton Thompson, 'St Bartholomew's Church, Quorndon', Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society Transactions, 16 (1929-31), 213-224.

Historic England Listed building: English Heritage Legacy ID: 402785

Leicestershire and Rutland HER ref. MLE13157.

  1. J. Nichols, The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester, 4 vols, London 1795 – 1810-11, III pt.1, 95-109.
  1. N. Pevsner and E. Williamson, The Buildings of England: Leicestershire and Rutland, New Haven and London 2003, 355.

Victoria County History: Leicestershire 2 (1954), 13, 17 (on Leicester Abbey)