Church of St Mary Magdelene, Stapleford, Leicestershire

Address: Stapleford Park, Stapleford, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 2EF
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A tasteful church with fabulous family tombs

The best time to visit this elegant, 18th-century Gothic Revival church is in the spring, when the path to the church winds through a carpet of flowers and the blossom on the trees creates a magical setting.

But at any time of year, the setting in the fine landscape of Stapleford Park is memorable. The church was built by the fourth Earl of Harborough.

It has a tall, gracious tower, and above its entrance is a carving in the shape of a peacock’s tail, the family crest.

Its cool, spacious light interior has pretty plasterwork and oak pews that face each other across the aisle. Across the west end is an oak gallery which served as the Earl’s family pew, with a private fireplace for their comfort.

The monuments are magnificent – the finest, by famous Flemish-born sculptor Rysbrack, shows the first Earl in a Roman toga with his wife and young son.

Opposite is a 17th century tomb chest to Lord Sherrard, showing his eight children at prayer.

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Road directions

3 miles east of Melton Mowbray off B676; follow signs to Stapleford Park; turn into Stapleford Park and follow signs to the church

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Melton Mowbray (3.7 miles). Closest bus route number RF2

OS Reference No.

SK 811 182

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16/07/14 Wendy Leaney impressed the judges with her skillfully sculpted creation made out of homemade lime and elderflower cordial

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Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.

 

 

 



PDF iconDerbyshire, Liecestershire, Nottinghamshire & Rutland County Guide (PDF, 4.5mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Derbyshire, Liecestershire, Nottinghamshire & Rutland . Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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  1. phillip shepherd (03 Apr 2011, 18:32)

    An unusual church built for the Earl of Harborough who also was ordained a clergyman. There is a west gallery family pew with a fire place. From this gallery the Earl preached his sermons a very similar arrangement to Teigh church Rutland also built for the Earl by same architect although not a cct church. Stapleford has collegiate type seating arrangements all the walls painted in ablue and pink scheme as is Teigh church there are also some fine monuments to cap it all the church is in some fine parkland.

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Church of St Mary Magdelene, Stapleford, Leicestershire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

There are four steep and slippery steps up to west door.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.