Visit Lutterworth and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Lutterworth, Leicestershire. This large village rises steeply from the foot of its pretty 18th-century bridge. On the horizon is the church made famous by Canon John Wycliffe, the l4th-century religious reformer.
Here Wycliffe lived in semi-retirement for 20 years while he was translating the Bible from Latin into English. Thirty years after his death his writings were condemned and his body was disinterred, burned, and thrown into the River Swift.
The Parish Church of St Mary, towering over grazing land, was ancient even before Wycliffe arrived. There are traces of l3th-century work in the chancel and tower; the clerestory and nave roof festooned with coloured, shield-bearing figures are 500 years old. In 1712 the tower crashed down in a storm and one of the stones which fell is preserved in the church; a rather insipid Wycliffe memorial in white marble dated 1837 hangs under the east window of the south aisle; some brasses to John Fielding, 1403, and his wife, 1418, are in the north-east corner, and, due to the fame John Wycliffe finally achieved many years after his death, St Mary's also contains a number of alleged but spurious “relics”, which one feels are hardly in keeping with his teachings against the usury of monies from pilgrims. Amid Gilbert Scott's ubiquitous restorations two other things of interest have also been left. Above the chancel arch is a l4th-century doom-painting of agitated white figures rising from their tombs and trying to make their way up to Christ, who is seated on a rainbow resting on the sun and the moon, and attended by trumpet-blowing angels. In the north aisle is another painting of the same period which, it is suggested, represents Richard II with his queen and John of Gaunt. It is more likely, according to experts, to picture a favourite l4th-century subject of three dead and three living kings — a representation of a royal hunting party faced with three crowned skeletons urging them to repent.
There are some pretty, timber-framed, thatched cottages, in particular a 17th-century one in Bell Street, and The Terrace contains a dignified building, c. 1840, which marks the end of good construction in Leicestershire for some considerable time thereafter.
Nearby cities: Coventry, Leicester
Nearby towns: Hinckley, Market Harborough, Nuneaton, Rugby
Nearby villages: Arnesby, Ashby Magna, Ashby Parva, Bitteswell, Bruntingthorpe, Catthorpe, Churchover, Claybrooke Parva, Cosford, Cotesbach, Gilmorton, Harborough Magna, Lilbourne, Newbold, North Kilworth, Pailton, Peatling Parva, Sharnford, Stanford on Avon, Swinford, Ullesthorpe, Wibtoft, Wigston Parva
Have you decided to visit Lutterworth or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Lutterworth bed and breakfast (a Lutterworth B&B or Lutterworth b and b)
- a Lutterworth guesthouse
- a Lutterworth hotel (or motel)
- a Lutterworth self-catering establishment, or
- other Lutterworth accommodation