11. Leicester (5) St Martin's Cathedral Church
The Guildhall with the tall spire of St Martin's Cathedral Church towering above it. The spire was added in 1860as part of the Victorian restoration by Raphael Brandon.
St Martin's Cathedral Church, Leicester. St Martin's originates from a Norman church of the 12th century. From archaeological finds below the foundations of the present church, the site was probably a pagan sanctuary which later became a Christian Saxon church prior to the Norman Conquest of England.
The great medieval oak chest in St Martin's Cathedral, complete with iron bands, locks and ring. It is now used to collect donations.
VISITORS! PLEASE LEAVE A DONATION TO HELP WITH THE UPKEEP OF THIS FINE CHURCH
Looking down the nave of St Martin's cathedral towards the chancel and alter, with the arches of the south aisle on the left. The chancel was rebuilt in 1409 and the north and south chapels added. There were later considerable additions in the 15th-17th centuries. In the 19th century there was considerable rebuilding and restoration work as the church as, according to the new vicar of 1844, Mr Edward Thomas Vaughan, "The fabric is in a sadly decayed and decaying condition". The old spire was taken down and a new 220 ft (~72m) one erected in 1867 onto the new tower built in 1861. The large wooden screen separating the nave and chancel was designed by Sir Charles Nicholson and carved by Bowman of Stamford and presented when St Martin's became a cathedral in 1927.
Looking west through the Choir down through the Nave.
The very striking east stained glass window above the alter of St Martin's Cathedral. It was designed by Christopher Wall in memory of the fallen of the 1914-1918 World War I and dates from 1920. On the bottom row from left to right are depictions of St Joan of Arc, Jesus with crying angels, Mary Magdalene, James and St Martin of Tours
The memorial to King Richard III, the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. After he was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field on August 22nd 1485, his body was buried in Greyfriars graveyard in St Martins parish. Near to the Cathedral in ? Street is another memorial plaque near where the church of the Greyfriars stood.
St Katherine's Chapel
There is a fine three-light window (detailed pictures below), of which the centre panel of painted glass is dedicated to St Katherine herself.
There are some 'colourful' gravestones in St Katherine's Chapel.
By St Katherine's Chapel is a copy of the Ghent altarpiece "The Adoration of the Lamb" by Van Eyck commissioned in 1420.
The Sacrament Chapel of St Dunstan
Stained glass window in St Dunstan's Chapel
Looking out through the West door is the entrance to the medieval Guildhall. The glass doors, installed in 1996, depict the parting of the Red Sea and telling of God's people escaping to freedom in the Promised Land as told in the book of Exodus.
The Guildhall on St Martins West, is a medieval building from the early 15th century, with considerable 16th and 17th century additions and alterations and should really be considered a Tudor building, either way its on the tourist trail of Leicester City. For more details of the Guildhall see page08b Leicester (11b)
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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