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St. Leonards Church (Swithland)

St. Leonard's is the parish church of the Leicestershire village of Swithland, in Charnwood Forest.

The West tower dates back to the 13th century, and there is also arcading from the same period.

The South aisle was added by Sir John Danvers in 1727.

There is a 15th century brass to Agnes Scott, who had an anchorite's cell in the churchyard, and an 18th century monument to the five children of Sir John Danvers.

The grave and monument of Sir Joseph Danvers, who died in 1753, is half and half out of the churchyard. This eccentric arrangement was in order that his dog could be buried with him.

There is a fine collection of Swithland slate gravestones in the churchyard.

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