8b. Leicester (2b) The interior architectural features of St Mary de Castro Church
There are many interesting features to describe about the internal architecture of this lovely church. PLEASE a donation and/or buy the excellent guidebook, the buckets on the bottom-left of the 1st picture were being used to catch the water through a leaking roof (September 2008).
Looking east down the nave to the rood screen and beyond into the chancel.
Looking west down the nave to the west window (details below).
The great west window of the nave.
Details of the west window of the nave.
The Norman Sedilia of circa 1180 set into the south wall of the chancel sanctuary.
The early English Sedilia of circa 1250 set into the south-east section of the south aisle wall.
The High Altar with Reredos and replacement Norman windows in the 12th century Chancel.
Relief in the Chancel.
Looking west down the south aisle to the 'internal' tower. The arches of the nave on the right and above the 15th century oak roof.
The base of the 'internal tower under which stands the Norman font.
Left: An old richly carved oak wooden door. Right: One of the 13th century 'Decorated' Style windows and 'Perpendicular' style later windows above.
Although containing Victorian stained glass, the stonework is fine 13th C 'Decorated' windows with later 'Perpendicular' style above.
Above and below: Some of the early 12th century windows in the south-east wall of the nave near the tower.
Finely carved 'Romanesque' arches set into the west wall below the great west window, some of the oldest stonework in the church.
Looking east down the south Trinity Aisle to Trinity Altar and its fine 7 light east window, with the nave, rebuilt arches and chancel on the left (the bucket is now in position to catch the leaks!).
Looking east along the nave to the chancel, the arches are mostly Victorian rebuilds.
Some nice Victorian stained glass windows depicting medieval musicians and their instruments.
Index of LEICESTER 07. (1) De Montfort Hall, Victoria Park, War Memorials, Temples & 'domestic' buildings * 08a. (2a) Castle Yard, Castle House, external architecture of St Mary de Castro Church * 08b. (2b) Interior of St Mary de Castro Church * 09. (3) Newarke Houses Museum & Turret Gateway * 10. (4) Jain Centre, Magazine Gatehouse, Castle Park-Gardens, Grand Union Canal Bridge * 11a. (5a) St Martin's Cathedral Church * 11b. (5b) Medieval Guildhall * 12. (6) Wygston's House, St Margaret's Church & two Victorian Gothic Revival Churches * 13. (7) Jewry Wall, Roman Baths, Museum & St Nicholas Church * 14. (8) All Saints Church , Great Central & Leicester Railway Stations, Thomas Cook statue * 15a. (9) New Walk and Sculptures 15b. Holy Cross Church * 15c. Museum & Art Gallery * 16. (10) Sporting sculpture & Leicester Market * 17. (11). Area around Orton square, East St Martins & Free Grammar School * 21. (12) National Space Centre & Abbey Pumping Station Museum * 29. (13) Knighton Village * 20a. Great Central Railway
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