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St Peter

Very largely Early English in character; the nave and the two aisles dating from the beginning of the 14th century or slightly earlier.

Thornton, Leicestershire

Opening times

Though kept locked because of its isolation, the church keys are available from the nearby corner shop. Visitors are always welcome.


Church Lane
LE67 1AA

St Peter’s church is Grade I listed.

The west tower and spire and the nave clerestory are Perpendicular, added in the 15th century, and the chancel was rebuilt in 1864. The north arcade of the nave has massive octagonal pillars, while that on the south side has quatrefoil pillars. The north aisle has a rare window of ‘ox eye’ design, a cusped spherical triangle. The nave has a full set of Tudor benches, dating from the 1560s their bench ends having carved linenfold panelling.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard

  • On street parking at church

  • Non-accessible toilets in church

  • Church of England

  • Gateway Grant, £6,900, 2020

  • Our Gateway Grants fund churches developing building projects and also urgent maintenance and repair projects to help keep churches open.

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