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Some Churches in Leicestershire & Rutland

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St Edmund, Egleton

Photo of door at St Edmund, Egleton

Close to Oakham and Rutland Water, St Edmund's exterior is perfectly pleasant but I don't have a good photo of it, and the interior is more interesting. The south door has columns decorated similarly to those on the chancel arch (below). The tympanum (the bit between the lintel and the arch above it) shows in the centre a wheel flanked by a lion and an animal with wings (is it a bird?). This all dates from the 12th century.

Photo of interior of St Edmund, Egleton

In the nave the font (bottom right) is 13th century, the north aisle (left) was removed and the arcades filled in, while the painting above the chancel arch is of the Royal Arms of George II.

Photo of chancel arch at St Edmund, Egleton

As can be seen, each side of the chancel arch has a column with decorated shaft, capital (the bit on top of the shaft), and abacus (the flat bit on top of the capital).

Photo of screen at St Edmund, Egleton

This screen (15th century) is by the entrance to the tower at the west end of the church. Bottom right are poppyhead bench ends. All in all a very pleasant little church.

You may be interested to know that there is a 16 page b&w booklet illustrating Egleton's stonework: 'St Edmund's Church, Egleton, Rutland, Drawings 1996' is available for a £2 cheque & A5 SAE to Peter K. Rollings, PO Box 318, Peterborough, PE1 2YG. Email, website

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