|Ab Kettleby St James in May 2012|
|Working on the spire in April 2013|
|Ab Kettleby St James interior|
|North arcade: C19 copy|
The church has a normal plan for one of its size with the C13 south aisle matched by a nicely executed north aisle built in the C19. The chancel is also C13, perhaps an unusual survival when so many in the area were replaced in Victorian times. Of special note is the tomb of Everard Digby of Holwell, who died in 1628, a relative of his namesake, Sir Everard Digby, one of the Gunpowder Plotters, who was executed in 1606. Also to note are the C15 carved bench ends, some with curious faces, including one little man with his tongue sticking out. How many times have we seen that in other churches?
|C15 man with tongue sticking out|
|Another bearded man|
|And yet another!|
Another survival is the massive boiler by the London Warming Company. I seem to remember a lot of these still in use in churches 50 years ago but they are quite a rarity these days so I hope it will be retained. Despite its size and its industrial nature it has a certain beauty. Another unusual feature is the C18 slate memorial to Thomas and Lucy Keal, not unusual in itself, particularly in this part of Leicestershire where there are many beautiful C18 Swithland slate memorials in local graveyards. This one is unusual in its placing outside on the chancel wall below the east window.
|Memorial to Thomas and Lucy Keal|