St Mary's Church, Hinckley

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St Mary's Parish Church is the oldest building in Hinckley, and is situated in central Hinckley. It is an Anglican Parish Church in the Diocese of Leicester and is designated by Historic England as a Grade II* listed building. In addition, the North Chapel of the Church has been converted into a coffee bar.Brief HistorySt Mary's parish church in Hinckley was dedicated in the Middle Ages to the Assumption of Saint Mary the Virgin. This church building has stood on the site for almost nine hundred years, although there may well have been a church already on the site, as the remnants of an Anglo Saxon sun-dial is visible on the diagonal buttress on the south-east corner of the chancel. The church was built by William FitzOsbern, who came over with William the Conqueror.1066 - 1926A parish church has stood in this site for over 900 years. F.C Bedford, who wrote a guide to St Mary's in 1936, says, `It is generally agreed among historians that a Saxon church existed at one time in Hinckley'. The name Hinckley is Anglo-Saxon: 'Hinck' is someone's name, and 'ley' is a meadow. So if there was an Anglo-Saxon settlement here, it is fairly safe to assume that there would have been a church building. The church's income was granted by its founder, William FitzOsbern, to the Abbey of Lyre in Normandy, and the connection with this Norman abbey continued intermittently until 1415 when the revenue was finally transferred to the Priory of Mount Grace in Yorkshire. (This piece of history explains the name given to Mount Grace High School, Leicester Road, Hinckley, which is built on land once owned by the church).
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  • Beautiful church with beautiful people in. We got married hear and nothing was a problem. All our guests still rave about our beautiful wedding service.  more »
  • The oldest building still standing in Hinckley, this is a large church with a large peaceful graveyard with some interesting and beautiful tombstones. A lovely place to enjoy some quiet contemplative ...  more »
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  • A beautiful historic church, friendly welcoming and inclusive. Good tearoom and fair trade stall. Massive choice of secondhand books as well. Most importantly there are quiet spaces to pray, such as the Lady chapel.
  • Great place to visit and have a coffee and some delicious homemade cake and the ladies that volunteer there are truly scrumptious.
  • Open church with positive atmosphere lots going on and very inclusive of all
  • Lovely church and the small cafe is great.
  • A lovely church in the heart of hinckley.
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