A collection of photographs taken by myself of the historic Church of St. Philip & St. James, locally called Ratby Church, which was built in four stages from the 13th century to 15th century and restored by Nicholas Joyce in 1881.
Sadly I only managed to take a small number of photographs of Groby church. The images were utilised in the production of the 2016/2017 Parish Profile in which I was involved. The Parish Profile was produced for the recruitment of a new vicar in 2016/2017.
St. Philip and St. James Church Groby this was built in 1840 by the Earl of Stamford owing to the distance to Ratby Church from his home in Bradgate House, and ‘to the foulness of the way there’. Henry Grey, the 7th Earl of Stamford, decided to build a chapel of Ease at Groby for the princely sum of £2,300.
Although Groby had no church prior to 1840, it is recorded that in earlier times two or three chapels existed here. After the Norman Conquest in 1066, many castles were built throughout the country.