St Leonard's Church, Wollaton

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St Leonard's Church is a Church of England parish church in Wollaton, Nottinghamshire, England. Dating originally from the 13th century, the church was restored in the Victorian era and again in the 20th century. It is notable for the large number of funerary monuments it contains. Many are to the Willoughby family, of nearby Wollaton Hall. There is also a memorial to Robert Smythson, designer of the hall, and one of the first English architects. The church is a Grade II* listed building.

St Leonard's Church, Wollaton
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St Leonard's Church, Wollaton
Coordinates: 52°57′11″N 01°13′10″W / 52.95306°N 1.21944°W / 52.95306; -1.21944
DenominationChurch of England
ChurchmanshipBroad Church St Leonard's Church
DedicationSt. Leonard
DioceseSouthwell and Nottingham
RectorRevd. Canon Tim Pullen
Organist/Director of musicPeter Price


St. Leonard's dates from at least the early 13th century, the chancel being the earliest part, with the nave and tower dating from the 14th century.[1] The Wollaton Antiphonal was in use in the church from the 1460s. The church has a long connection with the Willoughby family of Wollaton Hall who were the patrons of the parish.[2] Monuments to the family, including a tomb chest and effigies to Henry Willoughby and his wives.[1]


The church contains an "exceptional number" of memorials.[3] These include:


  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Church of St Leonard and attached boundary wall (Grade II*) (1255283)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
  2. ^ Harwood 2010, p. 196.
  3. ^ a b Hartwell, Pevsner & Williamson 2020, pp. 527–529.


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