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St. Catharines Church (Houghton-on-the-Hill)

St. Catharines is the parish church of Houghton-on-the-Hill in High Leicestershire.

It is an ironstone church, and stands at the Southern end of the village street, with fine views to the East across rolling countryside.

Much of the fabric dates from the 13th century, including the West tower with its broach spire.

The 14th century sedilia are, unusually, on the North side of the aisle.

The font dates back to the 13th century.

St. Catharines is the church where the young Abigail Herrick would have worshipped. In later life she was the mother of Jonathan Swift, and there is a memorial to her in Leicester Cathedral.

The parish also includes the village churches at Keyham (All Saints) and Hungarton (St. John the Baptist), and also contains a number of deserted mediaeval villages, including the spectacular one at Ingarsby.

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