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Leicester, Leicestershire

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Churches in Aylestone, Belgrave, Blackfriars, Braunstone, Clarendon Park, Highfields, Humberstone, South Fields, South Wigston, Spinney Hills, Stoneygate, Westcotes, Western Park. Some links open another page.
 

Abbey Ruins. An Augustinian foundation (1143). SK 585 060. From an old postcard (franked 1907) in Steve Bulman's Collection. Link1. Link2. Grade I listed.

All Saints on Highcross Street. This church is redundant (closed 1982), and is in the care of Churches Conservation Trust. SK 583 048.  George Weston. Link1. Link2. Grade I listed.

Former Baptist Church (1845) on Belvoir Street, now part of the City Libraries. SK 589 042.  George Weston.

Bishop Street Methodist Church was built as Wesleyan. SK 589 043. Graeme Harvey. Link. Another view,  George Weston.

Central Baptist Church.  Gervase N. E. Charmley (2010). Link.

Gospel Church on York Street.  George Weston.

Great Meeting Unitarian Church on East Bond Street and Causeway Lane.  Gervase N. E. Charmley (2010). Link.

St. Andrew (1860-2 by Sir George Gilbert Scott) on Jarrom Street. SK 585 037.  George Weston. Link. Grade II* listed.

St. John the Divine, now flats.  George Weston.

St. Leonard was of medieval foundation but demolished, allegedly, in 1645 during the civil war. Not re-built until necessitated by city growth in the 19th century, it was consecrated in 1877, closed in 1981 (news item) and demolished (photos) soon after. It stood on the corner of Woodgate and Abbey Gate at SK 580 054 - a Kwik-Fit now occupies the site. An old photo of it can be seen here (scroll down). Link.

Leicester Royal Infirmary has (for the moment) St. Luke's Chapel. Link is to an external website. News item, which implies that demolition was imminent.

St. Margaret on Churchgate, in a 1900 view. SK 585 051. From George Weston's collection. A modern view. An Eritrean Orthodox congregation also meets here.  George Weston. Link1. Link2. Link3 (with interior photo). Link4. News item (vandalism). Grade I listed.

The former St. Mark (1869-72, by Ewan Christian) on Foundry Lane. It closed in 1985. SK 591 054. St. Mark's was a stopping point for the Jarrow marchers. A statue of St. George the Martyr now in St. Mary de Castro came from this church (see here, close top the bottom of the page). It was closed in 1985; restoration followed in 2005, and it is now the Empire Banqueting and Conference Hall - see here.  George Weston. Link. Grade II* listed.

St. Mary de Castro on Castle Yard. SK 583 042. From a postcard franked in 1903. A modern view, from the Castle Gardens. Alan Craxford. Link1 - see also the history page, which says that the church is temporarily closed for repairs to the spire, for more on which, see here. Link. Grade I listed.

St. Martin, Leicester's Cathedral on Guildhall Lane. Elevated to cathedral status in 1927. SK 5850 0445. From a postcard of unknown date, collection of Mrs. Marion Allen. Appropriately, the following photos were added during the week that Richard III was due to be buried here (link) - 1, 2, 3, all Howard Richter (2015). Link1. Link2. Grade II* listed.

St. Phillip (1909-13) on Evington Road, successor to a tin church of 1904. Aidan McRae Thomson. Link.

Salvation Army hall on Kildare Street. SK 590 047. Graeme Harvey.

The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas and St. Xenophon on Aylestone Road, previously All Souls (1904, by G. F. Bodley). SK 586 031. George Weston. Link. Grade II* listed.

Zion Chapel on Erskine Street, now offices.  George Weston.


Aylestone
Mortuary Chapel in Saffron Hill Cemetery on Stonesby Avenue. A 1929 building by E. P. Mawson. SP 588 997. Richard Roberts (2016). Grade II listed.
Saffron Lane U.R.C. on Saffron Lane. SK 582 001. Richard Roberts (2015).

Belgrave
The former Belgrave Gate Primitive Methodist Chapel, taken from "History of the Primitive Methodist Church" by H.B. Kendall. Internal evidence suggests a publication date of ca. 1905. The building is hardly recognizable in this modern photo. Scan and photo both  Gervase N. E. Charmley (2010).
St. Peter on Vicarage Lane. SK 593 072.  George Weston. Closed no later than 2011, as of 2014 it is for sale. Link (includes interior photos). Sale Document. Planning Brief (large download). Grade II* listed.

Blackfriars
St. Nicholas on St. Nicholas Circle. Of 9th century foundation, and possibly a cathedral later on. Another view. SK 582 045. Both from old postcards in Steve Bulman's Collection. A modern view, showing considerable change to the tower. Howard Richter (2015). Link1. Link2. Grade I listed.

Braunstone
Trinity Methodist Church on Narborough Road.  George Weston.
Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ on Fosse Road South, formerly the Hinckley Road Methodist Church.  George Weston.

Clarendon Park
Clarendon Park Congregational Church.  Gervase N. E. Charmley (2010).

Highfields
Leicester Synagogue on Highfield Street.  Gervase N. E. Charmley (2010). Link.
Melbourne Hall Evangelical Church on St. Peter's Road was built for the preacher F. B. Meyer.  Gervase N. E. Charmley (2010). Link.
New Testament Church of God, originally Highfields Primitive Methodist Chapel.  Gervase N. E. Charmley (2010).
St. James the Greater (1895-1901) on London Road.  George Weston. SK 600 033. Link. A pdf file is available of "The Building of St. James the Greater" by Alan McWhirr, which contains photos plans and drawings. Grade II* listed.
Seventh-day Adventist Church on London Road, originally a Baptist Chapel. SK 596 037.  Gervase N. E. Charmley (2010).

Humberstone
Baptist Church, on Uppingham Road. SK 610 053.  George Weston.

South Fields
Holy Trinity on Regent Road.  George Weston. An old postcard view, from Steve Bulman's Collection. Link. Grade II listed.
St. Stephen (U.R.C., previously Presbyterian) on New Walk. From a postcard of unknown date, in the collection of Mrs. Marion Allen. Link.

South Wigston.

Spinney Hills
The former St. Saviour on St. Saviour's Road. Built 1875-7, designed by Sir G. G. Scott, and closed in the mid-2000's. SK 604 049.  George Weston. News item. News item on sale of church in 2014, and estate agents document with good photo. . Grade II* listed.
True Jesus Church, formerly Parry Street Methodist Church.  George Weston.
Wesley Hall on Mere Road.  George Weston.

Stoneygate
Stoneygate Baptist Church on London Road.  Gervase N. E. Charmley (2010). Link.

Westcotes
Church of the Martyrs on Westcotes Drive.  George Weston. Link. Grade II listed.
U.R.C. on Hinckley Road.  George Weston.

Western Park
St. Anne (1934) on Letchworth Road.  George Weston. Grade II listed.
St. Andrew (Methodist) on Glenfield Road East.  George Weston. It is obvious from the nearest corner of the church that a spire was either intended but not built, or built and later removed. Some illustrations from Alan Craxford's Collection show that it was the latter. A drawing from a magazine of 1880 shows the church as designed, with spire. A photo of circa 1902 shows the church with spire, as does another of circa 1920. An undated newspaper cutting from the Leicester Mercury (but probably 1968) has photos of the church in March 1954 with spire, another of May 1954 with spire and scaffolding, and a presumably contemporaneous photo of 1968 without. It also has the comment that the church was previously known as King Richard's Road Methodist Church.
The former St. Paul (1870-1) on Kirby Road.  George Weston. Another view. Alan Craxford. An old postcard view of the Lady Chapel. From Alan Craxford's Collection. The following old photos are from a book, "Fifty Years of Church, Men and Things at St. Paul's Leicester 1871-1921", by John Edward Hextall and Arthur L. Brightman, published in 1921, and now in Alan Craxford's Collection - the church, and three interior views - 1, 2, 3. The church as originally designed would have had a very tall spire of 190 feet. Planning application. Grade II listed.

 

 
 

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21 August 2016

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