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All Saints, Theddingworth, Leicestershire

(52°27′54″N, 1°1′5″W)
SP 668 857
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Leicestershire
now Leicestershire
medieval Lincoln
now Leicester
  • Richard Jewell
  • Jennifer Alexander
  • Ron Baxter
21 Oct 1989, 04 Aug 1990, 02 Sept 2014 (photography), 6 March 2022 (RB)

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Theddingworth is a small village in the Harborough district of S Lecestershire, on the N bank of the River Welland that forms the border with Northamptonshire. The church is in the centre of the village, and is an ironstone rubble church with limestone dressings. It consists of a W tower and spire, nave with two aisles and low clerestory, chancel and two flanking chapels. The only Romanesque sculpture in the church is on the capitals of the N arcade; of similar date although plain are the arch leading to the N chapel, and the round font. The S arcade, though round-arched is 13thc. The church was restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1858.


In the reign of Henry I Robert de Mealan, Earl of Leicester, granted his land in Theddingworth to his butler, Ralph Pincerna, who before 1150 gave the church there to Alcester Abbey (Warks). Probably this was a gift for Ralph's life only for his son Robert soon afterwards gave it to Leicester Abbey. Leicester ordained a vicarage and retained its advowson until the Dissolution. The ancient parish of Theddingworth included Hothorpe (Northants), which had a chapel in the 12thc.


Interior Features



Dating of N arcade; third quarter of 12thc.


Historic England Listed Building, English Heritage Legacy ID: 191322

J. Nichols, The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester, 4 vols, London 1795 – 1810-11, II, 824, 827.

  1. N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Leicestershire and Rutland, Harmondsworth 1960, 404

Victoria County History V (1964), 312-321.