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Some Churches in Leicestershire & Rutland

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St Luke, Gaddesby

Exterior of St Luke, Gaddesby

This church is regularly cited as one of the best in Leicestershire, and you won't find me arguing with that. Both interior and exterior are worth a look at, and particularly the carvings on the south west corner (bottom left in the photo).

While the church was started in the 12th century and was largely completed by 1350, Cantor states that 'what we see today dates mainly from between about 1290 and 1340, the high period of Decorated Gothic'.

Exterior of St Luke, Gaddesby

'Lavish' is the word often used to describe the carving seen here, although it is not known who the artist was or exactly when the work was done. The idea was to build a chantry chapel, and a carving of a lady wearing a gorget may indicate the date as being early 14th century as this is when gorgets were popular.

Figures which used to sit in niches were destroyed by Cromwell's men.

Exterior of St Luke, Gaddesby

 

Monument to Col. Cheney, St Luke, Gaddesby

Internally there is an Early English style font, good benches, and several monuments including this near lifesize one to Colonel Cheney, who lost four horses from under him at Waterloo. This is one in the process of going down, probably cursing its luck at being landed with the equinicidal Colonel. The monument used to be in Gaddesby Hall and was moved in 1917 when the estate and hall were sold.

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