St Mary's, Sileby

St. Mary’s, Sileby is open on Wednesday afternoons for a cup of tea and a chat;
also on Friday mornings in school term time from 09.00 to 12.30 to look round.

Sileby Parish Church is a Grade II* listed building.  Only 4% of listed buildings in England are of this status and are classified as particularly important buildings of more than special interest.  Sileby Church has its own Friends organisation which is very active and supportive in raising funds to assist with maintenance and the enhancement of facilities.

It has a fine pinnacled tower, and is a very good example of medieval art.  A description of the church along with a number of pictures are available on the "Leicestershire and Rutland Churches" website.   Further architectural details are also provided by Pevsner and may be accessed on the "Charnwood Listed Buildings" website.  This site also includes an aerial view of the locality.

What is so Special about St. Mary’s Church?

The earliest part of the church building dates from the 12th century, which makes it over 850 years old.  The church roof dates back to the 15th century – look up to see the carved angels and roof bosses.

Angel with shield Angel with mitre Roof with carved bosses Angel with shield Angel with lyre
Carved angels and roof with bosses

Church Bells:

There is a ring of 10 bells, with the oldest being at least 380 years old; the newest bells of the ring were installed in 1981.  Although not cast as a complete ring, and varying greatly in age, they are of excellent tone.

Modern Church:

In recent years, through the fund-raising efforts of the Friends of St. Mary’s, two major projects have been successfully completed; firstly the refurbishment of the roof, and secondly the installation of a new electrical system.

The latest modernisation of the church has only recently been completed (2008) with the installation of the new toilet and kitchen facilities, along with an open meeting area.

Preparing a meal for Christianity Explored
in the new kitchen.

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