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12a. Leicester (6) The medieval Wygston's House and St Margaret's Church and two Victorian Gothic Churches

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Roger Wygston's House

Roger Wygston's House showing the 18th century brick facade.

Roger Wygston's House showing the late 18th century brick facade (1796) added to one of Leicester's most historic buildings and is now a costume museum.

 

The rear of Roger Wygston's House, one of the oldest and best preserved timber framed medieval-Tudor buildings in Leicester.

The rear of Roger Wygston's House, one of the oldest and best preserved timber framed medieval-Tudor buildings in Leicester.


St Margaret's Church

St Margaret's Church, Leicester, is a large symmetrical church with one of the grandest Perpendicular towers in Leicestershire. The aisles embrace the tower. Most f the windows have been replaced but retaining the medieval tracery details. Much restoration was carried out by Scott in the 1860s and by Street in 1881. The church has its origins in Anglo-Saxon times.

St Margaret's Church (interior) with its great turreted 15th century tower, but much of the fine structure is thirteenth century. Its a bit out of the way across the road from the buss station, and not an obvious major tourist attraction, but the tourist-visitor to Leicester should take the trouble to pay it a visit.

 

The ornately carved arches of the west door of St Margaret's medieval Church.

St Margaret's Church, Leicester: The ornately carved arches of the west door of St Margaret's medieval Church.

 

St Margaret's Church, Leicester: The great turreted 15th century tower. Below it is a sculpture of St Margaret sculptured by the artist Pamela Beresford of Hoby (1914-1985) once stood over the entrance to the Corah company's St Margaret's Works at the corner of St John Street and Burley's Way from ~1955-1990. St Margaret of Antioch has been patron of this church since before 1220. The image of her as a shepherdess links her legend to the wool trade and knitwear industry which greatly helped Leicester's prosperity and international reputation for quality goods. The statue was relocated here in 2007 as a tribute to all who worked in the clothing industry, particularly at the Corah factory. It acts as a symbol of the church's care for all the people of this city and a symbol of hope for the regeneration of Leicester and its diverse people. This paragraph was copied from the three plaques by the statue of St Margaret. See also St Margaret's Church (interior)

 

The tower in itself is a splendid piece of medieval architecture.

The fine Perpendicular tower of St Margaret's Church rebuilt in 1444. See also St Margaret's Church (interior)

Some of the original elaborate medieval carvings survive into the 21st century. See also St Margaret's Church (interior)


St Mark's Church

St Mark's Church Gothic revival church of 1872 One of the ornately carved doors of St Marks.

St Mark's Church Gothic revival church of 1872, however the revival did not last, but the church was reopened as a function venue in 2005 with people of all faiths attending and can be hired for wedding receptions etc. for an atmosphere with a difference! On the right is one of the ornately carved doors of St Marks.


Ex St James Church, London Road

Seventh-Day Adventist Church in London Road. The former Baptist Church was built in 1877 in the 'Gothic Revival' style.

Seventh-Day Adventist Church in London Road. The former Baptist Church (chapel?) was built in 1876 in the 'Gothic Revival' style.

 

One of the ornately carved 'Gothic' doors of Seventh-Day Adventist Church on London Road.

One of the ornately carved 'Gothic Revival' Victorian doors of Seventh-Day Adventist Church on London Road.

 

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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