Edmondthorpe, St Michael's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Sir Roger Smith memorial - complete with witch legend!
The lower sections of the tower are original 13th-century work, while the top is 15th century. A tubular column on the exterior of the tower shows the location of a spiral stair rising to the bell chamber. The core of the building is in Decorated style, and there is a very nicely carved medieval rood screen, as well as a royal coat of arms to George III.
The Witch of Edmondthorpe?
The major historic interest is the series of memorials to members of the Smith family. The most impressive of these is an alabaster monument to Sir Roger Smith, who died in 1655 and was responsible for building the nearby Hall. Sir Roger is tiered with effigies of his two wives, one of whom was Lady Ann Smith.
Lady Ann gained a local reputation as a witch and was said to be able to change herself into a cat. A reddish discolouration on her effigy is traditionally said to show where a butler struck her with a small axe while she was in cat form.
St Michael's is no longer used for regular worship and is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.
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About Edmondthorpe, St Michael's Church
Address: Edmondthorpe, Leicestershire, England, LE14 2JU
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: 7 miles east of Melton Mowbray, between the B676 and A606
Website: Edmondthorpe, St Michael's Church
Churches Conservation Trust
Photo Credit: Tim Heaton, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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