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All Saints, Pickwell, Leicestershire

(52°41′37″N, 0°50′23″W)
SK 785 113
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Leicestershire
now Leicestershire
medieval Lincoln
now Leicester
  • Richard Jewell
22 Oct 1989

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Pickwell is a small village 5 miles SE of Melton Mowbray in the Melton district of the county. The church stands in the centre of the village and is of ironstone and limestone ashlar with limestone dressings. It comproses a chancel, aisled and clerestoreyed nave with a S porch, and a W tower. The earlist fabric is the nave with its 13thc S arcade and doorway. The N arcade is of c.1300, the tower was rebuilt in the 15thc, and the chancel was rebuilt in the 14thc. The church was restored by R. W. Johnson in 1860. The font is the only Romanesque feature.


There was a priest, and presumably a church at Pickwell in 1086; in the Norman period the village was divided between two families, the Camvilles and the Sproxtons, each owning a manor there, and having alternate right of presentation to the church (the Camvilles having priority). Monks Kerby Priory (Warks?) was entitled to take three sheaves annually from John of Sproxton's demesne lands at Pickwell, a grant that probably began in the 11thc. as the priory founder Geoffrey de Wine was also tenant-in- chief of Pickwell at this time (VCH).





The font, early to mid-12thc. The N arcade is round-arched, and has a stiff-leaf capital on the central pier; but the arches are double-chamfered and the date and appearance are too late for inclusion in the Corpus (viz. Lubenham N. arcade).


Historic England Listed Building, English Heritage Legacy ID: 189886.

J. Nichols, The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester, 4 vols, London 1795 – 1810-11, II pt. 2, 768, 770, pl.126

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Leicestershire and Rutland, Harmondsworth 1960, 348

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

Victoria County History 5 (1964), 279.