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St Andrew, Twyford, Leicestershire

(52°41′1″N, 0°55′22″W)
SK 729 101
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Leicestershire
now Leicestershire
medieval Lincoln
now Leicester
medieval St Andrew
now St Andrew
  • Richard Jewell
04 Aug 1990

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Feature Sets

Twyford is a village in the Melton district of eastern Leicestershire. It is 5 miles S of Melton Mowbray and 9 miles E of Leicester The church stands on the N side of the main street through the village, It is an ironstone and limestone ashlar building consisting of a chancel, clerestoreyed nave with N aisle and S porch, and a W tower The chancel was rebuilt in 1775, a vestry added in 1849 and an organ chamber in 1889. The earliest and only Romanesque feature is the N arcade of c.1180-90. The rest of the church was rebuilt or remodelled in the later middle ages.


Temp: Henry II (1154-1189) Robert de Twyford was lord of the village, and Croxton Abbey (Leics) held land there.


Interior Features



The arcade is most probably the work of the masons of the Great Hall at Oakham Castle in Rutland, and of the same period (c.1180-90); Pevsner says not later than c.1185. Indirectly inspired by the early Gothic of William of Sen's choir at Canterbury, begun in 1175, the arcade is Transitional in style. Of the Hall, Pevsner concludes "that there is every justification in believing Oakham to be the work of a member of William of Sen's Lodge of that of his successor, William the Englishman" But there is no documentary evidence for either Oakham or Twyford being from the Canterbury camp, or for who invited them.


Historic England English Heritage Legacy ID: 189902

J. Nichols, The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester, 4 vols, London 1795 – 1810-11, III, 402.

N. Pevsner and E. Williamson, The Buildings of England: Leicestershire and Rutland, New Haven and London 2003, 414.