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Archaeological fieldwork throughout Leicestershire

Medieval Carvings in Leicestershire & Rutland

July 3, 2017

Medieval Carvings in Leicestershire and Rutland

Leicestershire and Rutland churches contain a wealth of ignored medieval sculpture in both stone and wood depicting a wide variety of subjects including grotesque beasties, so called ‘Green Men’ and even rather rude exhibitionists.  In 2009 the County Council instigated a project to photograph and record all the medieval carvings inside and outside the churches of Leicestershire and Rutland.  So far about 6,000 carvings have been recorded, offering significant insights into this neglected aspect of life in the centuries before the Battle of Bosworth.   If you want to know more about the current project to record these carvings, either to help catalogue them or to go around and photograph them please contact us via the contact form on this website.