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St Mary's Church, Freeby

Church-StMarysChurch-FreebySt Mary's Church Freeby, situated in a small village three miles out of Melton on the B676 Saxelbye Road, has been part of the Team Ministry of Melton Mowbray for as long as records show. 


Today it is under the watchful eyes of churchwardens Jane Meakin and Mel Greaves. However, they are overseeing the church congregation in extraordinary times as it seems  the church was built on sinking soil!!  Structural issues mean the church is unsafe for services. Undaunted, services are now held across the road by the village hall in the United Reform Chapel.

Our church at Freeby was part of a sample survey of the East Midlands' 1,800 listed places of worship published by English Heritage in June 2010. And the report was not good reading.  The BBC was out covering the story which you can view here.


The church has a nave, chancel, porch and tower, and much of it is in the Early English style. It has a strong resemblance to St James’ Church in Burton Lazars, especially with its nave aisles and the tower at the west end which was built later in the 16th century.


Freeby's claim to fame is that Isaac Watts, the writer of many well know hymns such as “O God our help in ages past” and “Jesus shall reign where ere the sun” lived in the village as chaplain to the Lord of the Manor and tutored his children.