Fletton. church : st margaret

fletton tower

The other three bells hanging here are all of considerable age. The first of these was cast by Newcombe of Leicester and is inscribed S.P.A.L.L.E. It has been suggested that this might be a dedication to St Paul.
  The second bell was made locally, at the Stamford Bellfoundry, who were prolific bellfounders all through the seventeenth century. This one is dated 1620, and was made by Tobias Norris I, who started up the foundry.
  The final bell is inscribed WILLIAM + WATES + MADE ME 1590. This is William Watts, who worked with Newcombe in Leicester.
  The church grounds are large but access to the north side of the church grounds is prevented. There are some very finely carved Georgian graves here, a few of which are included below. Interested to see one of the graves having an hourglass depicted on it. In gravestone symbolism, this would have been included on the grave to illustrate the passing of time. Occasionally, the hourglass would have had wings on it, saying "time flies" to the onlooker. These were carved using symbols rather than words as the average onlooker at that time would not have been able to read. Anyone interested in this type of thing might care to take a look at the pages entitled "Death Head Stones" and "Gravestone Symbolism" which can be found by scrolling down under the Welcome tab.
  St Margaret is usually kept locked, but it is special inside and is well worth taking a look inside if you ever get the chance.

Fletton carvings
Fletton carvings 4
Fletton carvings 3
Fletton carvings 2
Fletton from distance cropped
Fletton porch
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Fletton grave 3

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