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A tasteful church with fabulous family tombs
The best time to visit this elegant, 18th-century Gothic Revival church is in the spring, when the path to the church winds through a carpet of flowers and the blossom on the trees creates a magical setting.
But at any time of year, the setting in the fine landscape of Stapleford Park is memorable. The church was built by the fourth Earl of Harborough.
It has a tall, gracious tower, and above its entrance is a carving in the shape of a peacock’s tail, the family crest.
Its cool, spacious light interior has pretty plasterwork and oak pews that face each other across the aisle. Across the west end is an oak gallery which served as the Earl’s family pew, with a private fireplace for their comfort.
The monuments are magnificent – the finest, by famous Flemish-born sculptor Rysbrack, shows the first Earl in a Roman toga with his wife and young son.
Opposite is a 17th century tomb chest to Lord Sherrard, showing his eight children at prayer.
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Church of St Mary Magdelene, Stapleford
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