St Mary the Virgin

A beautiful medieval church with famous connections, a 13th century font and lancet window and 15th century stone effigies and superb stained glass windows.

About this church

Burrough on the Hill is a rural community of some 150 people in Leicestershire with many historical connections including being the meeting place of the Edward and Mrs Simpson and the home of the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Burrough Hill Lad.

At the east end of the south aisle is the stone effigy of a man in armour, his feet resting on a lion, and in the north aisle are the remains of a woman's effigy. These are thought to represent William Stockton (d1470) and Margaret, his wife. A mural tablet in the north aisle commemorates Edward Cheseldyn (d1691), his mother in law, wife and daughter (1691-1718); another is to Charnel Cave (d1792) with members of his family (1787-1833).

There are also tablets in the church to William Brown (d1814), rector; to Evelyn Burnaby, rector, 1873-83; to his wife and infant daughter (d1873); and to his father, Revd GA Burnaby (d1872). Other tablets include those to WA Peake (d1912) and Sir Raymond Greene, Bt (d1947).

Stained glass windows are in memory of members of the Peake, Burnaby, and Chaplin families.

The font is a fine example of the early 13th century. It consists of a bulbous circular bowl decorated with a band of foliage, below which is a row of pointed arches filled alternately with masks and rosettes. The stem has ten engaged shafts, the alternate vertical mouldings between them being enriched with dog tooth ornament. A dog tooth moulding also decorates the circular base.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven
  • National heritage here
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access throughout
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

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St Peter

A landmark for travellers for over 900 years, set in the heart of a small Leicestershire village Tilton on the Hill, there is evidence that parts of the church date back to the 12th century.

St John the Baptist

The delightful conservation village of Cold Overton lies on a ridge close to the Rutland border, where the church originates from the 12th century with its medieval wall paintings and stone carvings.

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