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St. Guthlac's Church, a Grade 2* listed building, a beautiful medieval church, is constructed of both local sandstone and ironstone materials, with a tower which has a ring of 5 bells and has a band of ringers. It is situated in a delightful setting within the village of Stathern on the southern edge of the Vale of Belvoir in northeast Leicestershire where it is within an attractive designated conservation area and has been a focal point in the village for over 800 years. It was dedicated in about AD 1200 and In 2014 we celebrated the 1300th anniversary of St. Guthlac's death. Historically it has been associated with the Dukes of Rutland of Belvoir Castle. Peterhouse College, Cambridge is the sole patron.
St. Guthlac, as a young nobleman, was a tearaway. Later he changed his ways and began a monastic life. He is said to have travelled from Repton to Crowland, where he built Crowland Abbey, in The Fens of Lincolnshire and is said to have passed through Stathern on his way.
Many walkers, cyclists and visitors visit the church whilst passing through Stathern and have commented in our visitors' book, that it is 'A well-cared for and loved church', 'Beautiful' and Thank you for being open'. The church is well worth a visit!
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