St Mary the Virgin Church (C o E)

is situated Off the A512 (Ashby Road) near Coleorton Hall. It's signposted from the A512.

The church of St. Mary the Virgin is built of stone in the Gothic style. The western tower was built in the 12th century, with later addition of a beautiful spire. The tower contains 8 bells, two of which, together with a clock, were added in 1873 by Sir George Howland Beaumont, 9th baronet and other parishioners. The bells are still rung regularly. The stained glass of the west window in the tower was brought from Rouen, and presented by a former Sir George H. Beaumont. There are other windows dedicated to Mr. Merewether, Sir George H. Beaumont and to the Rev. Canon W. R. Beaumont, rector during 1864-1901. In the south aisle, above the family vault, is the tomb of Sir Henry Beaumont ob. 1607 and Lady Elizabeth. The church was restored in 1851, when the north aisle was extended, the chancel refloored and a new organ and pulpit set up. The church can accommodate 250 seated worshippers. St Mary's is a grade 2 listed building.

Article about St Marys written by Elaine Oldham >>

Originally the south door of the church could be accessed from Coleorton Hall. However, following the sale of the Hall for residential development in 1997 the public could no longer walk in the grounds of the Hall or access the church from the south door. The boundary of Coleorton Hall goes right along the church wall.

So access is only via the "lych gate" and pedestrian path, rather steep, that goes up through the churchyard to the north door.

Coleorton history links

The Coleorton Parish website has a large history section.
 
 

Articles

We publish articles in St Mary's monthly parish magazine and on the Coleorton website.