St Mary Magdalene

A tasteful church with fabulous family tombs.

About this church

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 4th 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.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven
  • Social heritage stories

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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