SK6813 : Church of St Luke, Gaddesby

taken 2 years ago, near to Gaddesby, Leicestershire, Great Britain

Church of St Luke, Gaddesby
Church of St Luke, Gaddesby
View from the south west. As with many churches with a tall spire it is difficult to get an undistorted view of the complete church.
St Luke's church, Gaddesby
The parish church was commenced in the early 12th century, with alterations and additions over the years, and was largely completed in 1350. It owes its growth and magnificence to two important factors – the wealth and prosperity of Gaddesby village in feudal times, and its association with the Knights Templar of Rothley.
The lower parts of the ironstone tower (with its broach spire) are the oldest part of the church. The present porch is 18th century. The chancel is difficult to date. There is a fine east window firmly Early English in style, on the south side is a Decorated window and also a Perpendicular one.
Two pillars in the south arcade have raised stone ledges round them which served as seating for the aged and infirm; before 1350 the congregation was obliged to stand during services. The pews in the nave are probably 15th century. Box family pews once stood in the North aisle.
The limestone font is circa 1320 carved with lilies and a consecration cross. The wooden screen, altar furnishings and reredos are late Victorian.
There is a near life-size sculptured monument by Joseph Gott, 1848, of Col. Cheney on one of the four horse reputedly shot from under him in the Battle of Waterloo. This statue depicts Colonel Edward Hawkins Cheney of the Royal Scots Greys. He had four horses killed from under him. He rose off on the fifth and the command of the regiment devolved upon him. At the base a panel shows Sergeant Ewart in hand to hand combat, with a French officer, trying to recapture a lost Napoleonic eagle.
He married Eliza Ayre whose father, John Ayre Esquire lived at Gaddesby Hall, which property Colonel Cheney inherited. He died in 1845.
There is a, perhaps apocryphal story, that Joseph Gott, on completing the statue, realised that he had left out the tongue of the “in extremis” horse. It is said that in despair he committed suicide. The horse’s teeth have been stained by the apple placed in its mouth each year at harvest festival time.
It is the only equestrian statue in an English church.
In the north aisle is an effigy of an unknown knight and an alabaster incised slab to William Darby and his wife (1498).
Listed Grade I
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In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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Date Taken
Friday, 24 February, 2017   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 1 March, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
Period (from Tags)
13th Century  14th Century 
Building Material (from Tags)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 6896 1304 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:42.6384N 0:58.8422W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 6894 1301
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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Parish Church  Early English Style  Decorated Style  Grade I Listed 

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