Withcote Chapel, Withcote, Leicestershire

Address: Oakham Road, Withcote, Oakham, Leicestershire, LE15 8DP
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A stunning Tudor chapel with windows fit for a king

This delightful early 16th-century chapel stands in wooded countryside near a Georgian manor.

A towerless, pinnacled box made from pale gold ironstone, it looks like a miniature King’s College Chapel, Cambridge.

The impressive interior was refurbished around 1744 and has changed little since. The walls are wood-panelled and the pews elegantly carved.

But its most spectacular treasure is its stained glass, thought to be by Gaylon Hone, Henry VIII’s glazier.

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Road directions

4 miles south west of Oakham, take country road linking Braunston and Tilton on the Hill; access to chapel via track off country road to Withcote Hall through electric gate and right hand track to front of Hall

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Oakham (5 miles). Closest bus route number RR11

OS Reference No.

SK 795 057

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Comments

  1. Steve Parish (23 May 2013, 23:38)

    This is a lovely private chapel - and that means going past the house to the chapel in the garden. Some 19th century remodelling, but it retains most of its 16th century stained glass. It is one of the most peaceful places of worship I know.

  2. Howard Selina (18 Jul 2013, 19:26)

    The gate at the end of the track is no longer 'electric' and when I tried to visit the chapel earlier today I turned back as the gate is tied shut* and shows no signs of having been opened in the recent past. There is also no sign or indication that the chapel is beyond the gate and no stile or other means of entry.

    (*When I say tied shut, I mean tied shut with knots - not fastened with a rope that can be slipped over a gate-post).

    I will try again some time in the future but I think that access and a sign need to be considered.

  3. The Churches Conservation Trust (01 Aug 2013, 16:39)

    Hi Howard

    It appears that our sign has been removed(!) We will look into this and address the access issue too. Thanks for drawing this to our attention!

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Withcote Chapel, Withcote, 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 steps up through lychgate and a small step down into the church.

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.