Welcome to St Mary & All Saints Church

Our services at present are Holy Communion on the 1st Sunday 9am and the 3rd Sunday 4pm is ‘of the word’

For further information please contact:
Rob Miles: 07305 717 726
Tom Devas: 07817 435 483
Ann Hollingworth : a.hollingworth@outlook.com

History of our church

Our beautiful Grade II* listed church, occupying an iconic elevated position, is the focal point of a small village of just 130 dwellings.

We are immensely proud of the position it holds in the history of Leicestershire. There has been worship on this site since the 11th Century.

The land was once owned by the monks of Leicester Abbey; in the field next to the church they had a Grange where they collected crops from the surrounding fields before taking it to the Abbey. There was probably a small chapel on the site where they performed their devotions throughout the day.

We have a fine example of a 14th century Standing Cross in the churchyard which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

In the mid-19th century the medieval church was extended and refurbished, then rededicated in 1866. It is thought that at the time of this work the churchyard was enclosed by the granite stone wall that is there today.

At least fifty years ago trees were planted close to the wall, regrettably without the foresight that their roots would cause a problem. As trees are a valuable asset to our village, the trees will be replaced by new ones planted at a more appropriate distance from the wall.

Wall Repair Campaign

Of course, the cost of repairing such an iconic feature does not come cheaply; it requires skilled stonemasons; the painstaking work of removing each stone by hand then cleaning them and rebuilding will take time. We need to raise up to £57,672.

As of 16th February 2022, the total collected for the fund is £42,060. This includes pledged amounts of £10,000 from Stoughton Church Land and £1000 from Leicestershire Historic Churches Trust. The remainder is from fundraising and donations. We would like to thank everyone for their generous support.

We are now in the process of applying for other grants.

We would like to complete this project in the summer of 2022, as the window for the repair is May to September, due to the nature of the lime mortar used; further delay is likely to increase the cost again

Please support us in maintaining such an important feature in our historic village.