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St Andrew, Foxton, Leicestershire

(52°30′2″N, 0°58′23″W)
SP 698 897
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Leicestershire
now Leicestershire
medieval St Andrew
now St Andrew
  • Richard Jewell
  • Jennifer Alexander
  • Ron Baxter
04 Aug 1990 (RJ), 2 Sept 2014 (JA), 2 March 2022 (RB)

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Foxton is a small village in the Harborough district of SE Leicestershire, 2.4. miles NW of Market Harborough. The church stands towards the S of the village. It consists of a long chancel, an aisled nave with a N porch and a W tower. The S aisle is narrower than the N, which has a flowing 14thc window and a porch of the same period. The lower parts of the W tower are 13thc. The E part of the chancel was rebuilt, probably in the 17thc, and the church was restored in 1892-93 by H. Hardwicke Langston of London (chancel) and William White. The interestingly renmodelled font is the only Romanesque feature.


The township and barony of Foxton belonged to the Countess Judith, the Conqueror's niece, at the time of Domesday. In 1109, it was held, under her heirs, by one Robert Palfrey, who gave all the churches to the Augustinian priory of Daventry; and the matriculus of 1220 describes Foxton church as being under the patronage of the prior of Daventry, who held it to his own use. The abbey of Leicester had land in Foxton from the 12thc.





As stated above, I consider the font's bowl to be retooled in the bottom corners, as the arcade bases on the sides are also affected; and would surmise that it was originally square bottomed and supported by colonnettes. Date: third quarter of 12thc.


Historic England Listed Building, English Heritage Legacy ID: 191339

J. Nichols, The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester, 4 vols, London 1795 – 1810-11, (II) pt 2, 561, pl.97.

  1. Pevsner and E. Williamson, The Buildings of England: Leicestershire and Rutland, New Haven and London 2003, 154.

Victoria County History: Leicestershire 5 (1964), 94-95.