Staunton Harold is a civil parish in North West Leicestershire about 3 miles (5 km) north of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The parish is on the county boundary with Derbyshire and about 9 miles (14 km) south of Derby. The church is set in attractive parkland, and was described by Nikolaus Pevsner (later Sir Nikolaus) as having a view “unsurpassed in the country – certainly as far as Englishness is concerned”. The view takes in two small lakes formed where the brook is dammed. It is one of only a few churches that were built between the outbreak of the English Civil War and the restoration of the monarchy, which represented an open act of defiance to Cromwell’s puritan regime. The interior of the church has retained its original carved woodwork, 17th-century cushions and painted ceilings.
Photo : Staunton_Harold_church_-_geograph.org.uk_-Author – David Stowell.
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