Ashley, St Mary the Virgin

Ashley, St Mary

Ashley, St Mary

St Mary the Virgin is a fine, 13th Century Grade I listed mediaeval Northamptonshire ironstone and limestone church with a spectacular tower and broach spire.

Under the direction of Sir George Gilbert Scott, the Revd Richard Pulteney restored and refurbished the church between 1864 and 1866, to conform with the principles laid down by the Cambridge Camden Society.

The main body of the church was completely restored and refurnished with oak pews decorated with delicate foliate carvings, an impressive oak pulpit and a magnificent oak priest’s desk - all hand-carved.

However, it is the sumptuous chancel decorated with marble, alabaster, semi-precious stones and gold leaf, which makes this church remarkable; it is described by Historic England, “an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic style at its height”. The designs in the chancel ...

Furthermore, in addition to restoring the church, Revd Pulteney built a school and schoolmaster’s house, and restored and built houses, which, along with a dramatic sweeping approach to the church, create a harmonious Victorian heritage in the centre of the village. This is designated a Conservation Area, and provides a fitting memorial to the Revd Pulteney, who was both patron and incumbent from 1853-1874.

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EVENTS

Music in Ashley Church - Emmanu’-EL Apostolic Gospel Academy (EAGA) Choir - 17th June 2018

By popular demand the Emmanu’-EL Apostolic Gospel Academy (EAGA) Choir from Leicester are coming back to Ashley Church following their electrifying performance to a ...

Contact & Opening Times

4 Hall Lane
Ashley
Market Harborough
LE16 8HE

Opening Times

 

The church is open from 10am until 6pm in summer months and from 10am until 4pm in the winter.

 

Contact Details

 

Any problems, please contact Eddie Culbert, churchwarden on 01858 565294

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