Preston, Rutland

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Church of St Peter and St Paul
Grid reference: SK871024
Location: 52°36’47"N, 0°42’54"W
Population: 179  (2001[1])
Post town: Oakham
Postcode: LE15
Dialling code: 01572
Local Government
Council: Rutland
Rutland and Melton

Preston is a village and parish in the hundred of Martinsley in Rutland. It lies north of Uppingham on the A6003 road to Oakham. The population at the 2001 census was 179 falling slightly to 173 at the 2011 census.[2]

Church of SS Peter & Paul

The church consists of a nave, chancel, north & south aisles, vestry, and a west tower with recessed spire with two tiers of lucarnes in the main directions. The north aisle bay dates from around 1150 with the southern one added a little later (ca. 1200). The chancel arch was rebuilt later and at a higher level. The tower was added in the 13th century and some major remodelling took place in the 14th century. The font dates from the 13th century.

The chancel dates from the 13th century, the sedile has slim shafts with leaf capitals and a fine trefoiled, ogee headed arch. There are also remains of other arches in the east wall. The whole south wall of the chancel with its windows, single sedile and the priests doorway is a rich mixture of carvings and styles that is very pleasing to the eye. It is also helped by the hanging lamps which came from the street called Straight in Damascus. There is also a carved Roman stone in the south wall.


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