St Mary de Castro
A Grade I listed building, it has been described as "the jewel of Leicester's churches" and contains much fine work. Founded in 1107, St Mary de Castro stands within the precincts of the Royal Castle of Leicester, from which it gets its name and of which it was once the chapel. Sovereigns of England who came to Leicester stayed at the castle and worshipped in this church. Parliament heard mass here before its Leicester meetings. King Henry VI was knighted in St Mary's in 1426 and it is also thought that Geoffrey Chaucer was married here.
As part of a wider scheme of major repairs to the church, the National Churches Trust’s grant will help fund repairs to part of the floor at the west end of the nave that was damaged when the unsafe spire at St Mary's was dismantled in 2014. As part of this repair underfloor heating will be installed as this will enable the removal of several radiators and pipework that are against the west wall. The heat from these is damaging the adjacent stonework.
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