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St. James' Church, Burton Lazars

Church-StJamesChurch-BurtonLazSt. James Church has served the village of Burton Lazars since the eleventh century. Situated just over a mile south of Melton Mowbray, the church has a dedicated congregation who get together for regualar services,  discussion and prayer groups, and fund raisers.  Do come and find out about SWIGs (Supper with God!) or Closer to God.

 

The church is kept in good order by Mrs Janet King and Mrs Jenny Pengelly, Churchwardens.  Read the Churchwardens' Monthly Update to find out what has been happening at St. James'.

 

The village has an interesting history! 'Burtone' (a Saxon name) became 'Burton Saint Lazarus' in 12th century, when Lord Roger de Mowbray established a Leper Hospital to the west of the village -- taking advantage of the local spring and the freshness of the air. The emblem of the Order that ran the hospital was a red cross on a white ground -- possibly the origins of the symbol of the Red Cross organisation. This work continued until 4th May 1544, when the Hospital was disbanded under the dissolution of Henry VIIIth.

The village Church of St James is also believed to have been founded by Roger de Mowbray – though the body of the Church is in the later Norman style.
 

 HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE

 
While the earliest part of the church is contemporary with the oldest remains of St Mary’s Church in Melton Mowbray, the main body of the church is in the later Norman style and is probably an enlargement of an earlier and smaller church.  Here are the remains of an altar and piscine in each aisle of the nave and an islet can be seen on either side of the chancel arch, which may have originally have supported a rood screen. The chancel was rebuilt in the 20th century and the altar is one which served St Mary’s in Melton Mowbray for many years. The font is attributed to the latter part of the 14th century and is surprisingly in a perfect state of preservation.
 
Two bells are hung from the curious but handsome little bell turret at the west end of the church.  The twenty foot high Georgian memorial in the churchyard was erected to the memory and vanity of a local man, William Squires, and is adorned with carved figures representing Life, Death, Time, Faith, Hope and Charity, as well as a stone globe of the world.

 

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Making the LINK!
Around 50 people sat down to Spuds and Posh Puds at the LINK lunch held in Burton Lazars recently. For more details and pictures, read on... More ...
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Big band sounds 
Belvoir Big Band will be performing on Saturday, 18th November, at 7.30pm in St James' Church, Burton Lazars. More ...
Film night 
The film 'The Shack' will be showing in Burton Village Hall on Thursday, 23rd November 7pm start. More ...
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Remembering lost loved ones
Our Service of Loving Remembrance held on November 5th at St James' Church, Burton Lazars, was particularly well attended this year, writes Janet King. More ...
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Make a date
Here's your chance to view a list /programme of events which are coming up in the next four months at St James' Church, Burton Lazars. For more details, read on... More ...
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Serving up a treat
St James' Church, Burton Lazars, held a Mothering Sunday Cafe Connect on March 26th which was well attended and well received, writes Janet King. More ...
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Refurbishment plans on show
A meeting was held in St James' church, Burton Lazars on Sunday, March 5, when the final refurbishment plans, which have now been granted a Faculty by the DAC, were on view and those present were told how far things have reached. More ...