All of the images this week were taken about 10 minutes or so walk from my home during the past few weeks.
The parish church of St.Botolph's in Shepshed is built on the highest point in the town and it is quite a climb up to it from the main road below.
The 11th century Parish Church of St. Botolph (the westernmost parish church in England to bear the name) and its land the Oakley Wood was originally given to Odo of Bayeux brother of William the Conqueror after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The ownership of the estate reverted to the Crown a number of times including in 1534. A wood carving exists in the church depicting a visit of Queen Elizabeth I though it is at present unclear if the queen ever came to Shepshed itself, if she did so it would have been the furthest North she travelled in the country. The older part of the town is still centred around the church.
The church's original patronage came from Leicester Abbey, however between 1699 and 1856 the patrons were the Phillips family of Garendon Hall. This family has been Lords of the Manor since its purchase by Ambrose Phillips in 1683.
There is always a grand display of daffodils every year and this was taken whilst they were in full bloom a few weeks ago.
Another view of the church and more information about it can be found at http://www.shepshed.org.uk/st_botolphs_church.htm and there are also links to other items about the town.
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