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8. Leicester (2a) Castle Yard, Castle House and the external architectural features of St Mary de Castro Parish Church

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See 8b Internal features of St Mary de Castro Church

St Mary de Castro Church, Leicester: The tower of St Mary de Castro Church.

 

St Mary de Castro Church, Leicester: Castle House and the Church of St Mary de Castro.

 

The external architectural features of Church of St Mary de Castro, founded in the 12th century, and the medieval Castle House (dating from the 15th century).

The Church of St Mary de Castro (St Mary of the Castle), founded in the very early 12th century (1107), and the medieval Timbered Castle Gate House (dating from the 15th century, 1445). It was rebuilt in the 1180's and the magnificent spire built in 1400 and is well worth a visit from any visitor-tourist passing through Leicester City.

the medieval Timbered Castle Gate House (dating from the 15th century, 1445)

Just two of the few fine medieval domestic buildings in Leicester.

 

The richly carved Norman north door arch of St Mary de Castro, Leicester.

St Mary de Castro Church, Leicester: A richly carved Norman door arch in the north wall of St Mary de Castro, Leicester.

The richly carved Norman north door arch of St Mary de Castro, Leicester.

 

Another ornately carved Norman door arch and iron-work on the wooden door.

St Mary de Castro Church, Leicester: Another ornately carved Norman door arch and iron-work on the west wooden door.

 

A whole series of beautifully crafted early Norman carvings, with particularly rich stonework on the north side of the chancel.

St Mary de Castro Church, Leicester: A whole series of 'preserved' beautifully crafted early Norman carvings, with particularly rich stonework on the north side of the chancel.

More details of the rich carving of the stonework on the north wall of St Mary de Castro Church

St Mary de Castro Church, Leicester: More details of the rich carving of the stonework on the north wall of St Mary de Castro Church.

More details of the rich carving of the stonework on the north wall of St Mary de Castro Church

 

The external architectural features of Church of St Mary de Castro viewed from the south-east.

St Mary de Castro Church, Leicester: The Church of St Mary de Castro viewed from the south-east. In the church around 1366, Geoffrey Chaucer married Philippa de Roet, a lady-in-waiting to Edward III's Queen (Philippa of Hainault), who was a sister of Katherine Swynford who later, around 1396, became the third wife of Chaucer's friend and patron, John of Gaunt.

See 8b Internal features of St Mary de Castro Church

 

Index of LEICESTER pages De Montfort Hall, Victoria Park, War Memorials, Temples & 'domestic' buildings * Castle Yard, Castle House, external architecture of St Mary de Castro Church * Interior of St Mary de Castro Church * Newarke Houses Museum & Turret Gateway * Jain Centre, Magazine Gatehouse, Castle Park-Gardens, Grand Union Canal Bridge * St Martin's Cathedral Church * Medieval Guildhall * Wygston's House, St Margaret's Church & two Victorian Gothic Revival Churches * Jewry Wall, Roman Baths, Museum & St Nicholas Church * All Saints Church , Great Central & Leicester Railway Stations, Thomas Cook statue * New Walk and Sculptures * Holy Cross Church * Museum & Art Gallery * Clock Tower, Sporting sculpture, Leicester Market, Town Hall, Highcross Shops * Area around Orton square, East St Martins & Free Grammar School * National Space Centre & Abbey Pumping Station Museum * Knighton Village * Great Central Railway * The Leicester King Richard III trail! *

 

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