St Peter's Church, Leicester

St Peter’s Church, Leicester is a Grade II listed[1] parish church in the Church of England in the Highfields area of Leicester, Leicestershire.[2]

St Peter's Church, Leicester
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St Peter's Church, Leicester
Coordinates: 52°37′48″N 1°06′59.9″W / 52.63000°N 1.116639°W / 52.63000; -1.116639
DenominationChurch of England
DedicationSt Peter
Consecrated16 April 1874
Heritage designationGrade II listed[1]
Architect(s)George Edmund Street
ParishThe Presentation of Christ, Leicester
DeaneryCity of Leicester
DioceseDiocese of Leicester
Vicar(s)Rev'd Jonathan Surridge


The foundation stone was laid on 14 November 1872 by the Bishop of Peterborough. The church was built as a memorial to Richard Curzon-Howe, 1st Earl Howe and was originally known as the Howe Memorial Church.[3] It was built to the designs of the architect George Edmund Street.

The church was consecrated on 18 April 1874 by the Bishop of Peterborough.[4]

Parish statusEdit

The church is in a joint parish known as The Presentation of Christ, Leicester, with


The pipe organ was built by Joshua Porritt in 1875. It was extensively modified by Stephen Taylor and Son in 1910. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[5]



  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Church of St Peter  (Grade II) (1361047)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  2. ^ The Buildings of England. Leicestershire and Rutland. Nikolaus Pevsner. Yale University Press. ISBN 0300096186
  3. ^ "Howe Memorial Church". Leicester Chronicle. Leicester. 16 November 1872. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Consecration of St Peter's Church". Leicester Chronicle. Leicester. 18 April 1874. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  5. ^ "NPOR N04512". National Pipe Organ Register. British Institute of Organ Studies. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  6. ^ Humphreys, Maggie; Evans, Robert (1 Jan 1997). Dictionary of Composers for the Church in Great Britain and Ireland. A&C Black. p. 349. ISBN 9780720123302.
  7. ^ "Suicide of a Leicester Organist". Nottingham Evening Post. England. 8 May 1891. Retrieved 1 February 2020 – via British Newspaper Archive.