St Leonard's Church
Dates from the 12th Century but very little of the medieval structure remains.
It is a Grade II listed building cited as being 15th Century with additions and changes in 1700’s 1800’s, and again in the 1937 and 1947 following fires.
The fire of 1931 gutted the tower, destroyed the organ, and caused damage to the nave, and the old bell from 1588 was melted away from its position and destroyed the font when it fell.
Along with the repairs that followed, a vestry was added, a new organ installed, and the bell pieces were sieved from the ashes, melted, and recast.
The bell was again damaged by the fire of 1947 and once again the fragments were melted and recast.
Originally Roman Catholic until the reformation in 1600’s where is converted to Church of England and remained so ever since.
The Parish register is rare in that there is an unbroken line of priests since 1236 to the present day where it is now led by Reverend Jane Platt.
The churchyard also tells the history of the local area with key local people being buried there such as previous residents of nearby Ley Hill House (now demolished) that include Charles Henry Palethorpe (who was the biggest sausage manufacturer in the world at the time), and Christian Kunzle and his family (of Kunzle Cakes).
The church historically served Frankley Hall, a manor with a moat on Church Hill occupied by the Lytteltons. It stood from 1601 with barns, stables, outhouses, and a large pond that is now filled in.
It replaced an earlier building part of which, the medieval moat still remains and is a Scheduled monument.
Frankley Hall was burned down during the Civil War on the 17th May 1645 to prevent Parliamentarians who had taken over a manor nearby, from using it as a garrison for their advances.
Religions of the Commonwealth. Guess the questions below regarding religious diversity in the Commonwealth. Hover over the Commonwealth of Nations emblem for the answers.
There are 8 billion people on the planet. How many of those people make up the Commonwealth?
What Commonwealth country is the largest of all the nations, and represents half of the entire Commonwealth population?
What religion makes up 1.1 billion of Commonwealth citizens?
What Commonwealth country has the largest Muslim population, second only to Indonesia.
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