St Mary


Apart from the hoard of medieval coins found at Attenborough in the 1950's, artifacts from the Neolithic period through to the Roman period have been found in the adjacent gravel pits. During the 20th century, churchyard finds have included an Anglesey penny (known to have been in use in the 1700's) and a 16th century German coin which was unearthed when the foundations were excavated to introduce a French drain for the purpose of alleviating dampness in the stonework.

Earliest core nave fabric is C13th-C14th though with C12th origins

West tower is C14-15th

Chancel C15th much rebuilt 1869

Significant Interior Features

Rood loft stair

Door of C12/13thC

13thC font

South nave arcade capitals

C14th, carved animal heads and foliate ornament

Wall painting at west end of S.aisle known to exist, prob. C17th/C18th

Timbers and roofs

  Nave Chancel Tower
Main Ties and heavy rafters Pitched rafters 1869-70  
S.Aisle Pitched rafters probably C19th n/a  
N.Aisle Pitched rafters probably C19th n/a  
Other principal      
Other timbers Medieval door    


Cast-iron, low sided frame, by Taylors of Loughborough 1934, altered in 1953.

Not scheduled for preservation Grade 5.


  Nave Chancel Tower
Plaster covering & date Plaster Plaster Plaster
Potential for wall paintings High Possible Not known

Excavations and potential for survival of below-ground archaeology

No archaeological excavations have taken place but casual finds include a hoard of medieval coins, located to the north-east of the church, in the 1950s, and individual coins of varying dates in the churchyard found during watching briefs.

The overall potential for the survival of below-ground archaeology in the churchyard is considered moderate-high and below the present interior floors is considered to be high.

Exterior: Burials expected, multiperiod. Areas surrounding building, especially the chancel, may be disturbed by C19th restoration, although medieval stratigraphy is expected to survive everywhere.

Interior:Extent of modern disturbance is conjectural. Whole is likely to be a highly complex mixture of C12th-C15th building layers with unknown survival of earlier deposits beneath, punctuated by late medieval graves and post-medieval vaults.

Walls:Mixture of C13th-C15th, and C19th rebuilding.