Leicester, All Saints Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
One of the most fascinating episodes from the history of All Saints relates to a medieval Mayor. In 1417 Margery Kempe (1373-c.1438) was put on trial in the church, accused of being a Lollard (dissenting from traditional church beliefs). Kempe was a mystic, with connections to Julian of Norwich, and author of what has been called the first autobiography in English, The Book of Margery Kempe, dictated around 1430.
The book was unknown for centuries until the manuscript was discovered in 1934, lying hidden in a private library in Lancashire. She was also a mother of 14 and daughter of a former Mayor of King's Lynn. The trial at All Saints was headed by the Mayor of Leicester. Kempe was not really a Lollard, and was able to escape the terminal sentence that usually followed an accusation of heresy against Lollards, and was freed.
One unusual feature of All Saints is that the tower is placed at the north east corner, rather than the traditional west end or centre.
All Saints is no longer used for regular worship and is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.
About Leicester, All Saints Church
Address: Highcross Street, Leicester, Leicestershire, England, LE1 4PH
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Off A50 Highcross Street, just north of the city centre ring road and close to the A594 junction
Website: Leicester, All Saints Church
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