Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

St.Lukes Church (Gaddesby)

St. Lukes is the large parish church of the small Leicestershire village of Gaddesby.

Much of the church dates from the 13th century, but there is some earlier work from the Norman period.

In particular there is a splendid 14th century South aisle, at the end of which is a curious rounded triangular window.

The manor of Gaddesby and its church belonged to the Knights Templar of Rothley, where their Knights Templar Chapel survives.

The octagonal font is Early English, and there are some mediaeval monuments.

The most famous monument is Joseph Gotts equestrian statue of Colonel Cheney, who died in 1848. He fought at Waterloo, where he had four horses killed under him on the day. The white marble statue shows him on one of the collapsing horses.

The only other marble statue of a horse in an English church is at St. Pauls Cathedral.

The statue was formerly at Gaddesby Hall, but was brought to the church in 1917.

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