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St Nicholas, Bringhurst, Leicestershire

(52°31′16″N, 0°45′43″W)
SP 841 922
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Leicestershire
now Leicestershire
medieval Lincoln
now Leicester
  • Richard Jewell
  • Ron Baxter
  • Jennifer Alexander
  • Ron Baxter
22 Oct 1989 (RJ), 2 September 2014, 6 March 2022 (RB)

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Bringhurst is a small village in the Harborough district of SE Leicestershire, close to the borders of Northamptonshire and Rutland. The nearest large town is Corby (Northants), 3 miles to the SE. Market Harborough is 7 miles to the SW. The village stands on a hill with the church in the centre, and consists of a 2 bay aisled nave with a S porch, a W tower and chancel. The earliest feature, and the only one relevant to the Corpus is the late Romanesque N arcade. The church is of coursed rubble with ashlar dressings and a Collyweston stone roof. It was restored by Ewan Chistian (a drab restoration according to Pevsner) in 1862-63.


Bringhurst is not mentioned by name in the Domesday Survey, but was part of the manor of Great Easton, which belonged to Peterborough Abbey. Bringhurst Church is mentioned as a part of the manor of Easton, which included most of the parish of Bringhurst and belonged to Peterborough Abbey. According to tradition it was originally given to the abbey by Ethelred of Mercia about 700, but the Survey ascribed the gift to Earl Ralf of Hereford (d.1057). VCH records that Bringhurst church was described c.1220 as the mother church on which chapels at Great Easton and Drayton depended. Its patron was the Lord of the Manor of Great Easton, i.e. Peterborough Abbey, which retained the advowson until the Dissolution.


Interior Features



The relationship between the capitals and those of the hall at Oakham Castle, Rutland (c.1180-90) has been pointed out by W G Hoskins. Pevsner compared them with Morcott and South Luffenham, both in Rutland and both having late C12th two bay N arcades as at Bringhurst. They should be dated to the last 20 years of the 12thc.


Historic England Listed Building, English Heritage Legacy ID: 190916

W G Hoskins, The Heritage of Leicestershire , Leicester 1946, 41.

J. Nichols, The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester, 4 vols, London 1795 – 1810-11, 2, 511, 521.

  1. Pevsner and E. Williamson, The Buildings of England: Leicestershire and Rutland, New Haven and London 2003, 113.

Victoria County History: Leicestershire 5 (1964), 49-61.