Significant Architectural Features – All Saints Church Cossington
All Saints Church Cossington is 800 years old (2020) but unfortunately we have not been able to celebrate this landmark occasion due to Covid-19.
And there is plenty to have celebrated! It dates from the Norman period, and now consists of a Chancel, a Nave of three bays, North & South aisles, a West Tower and a South porch. Their relative positions have a conventional orientation with respect to each other.
This Norman building is of considerable historical interest, being predominantly 12th/13th/14th century with some additions dating from the 15th century. The building itself remained substantially unchanged until the 1864-5 when considerable refurbishment was carried out under the direction of architect Joseph Goddard of H.Goddard & Son (Leicester). Works involved a completely reconfigured roof to the chancel, the insertion of a priest’s door in the south wall, the erection of a new south porch, repairs to the tracery were effected and several stained glass windows were inserted. The stained glass east window, donated by the Astill family in 1917 is one of the finest examples of the work of Douglas Strachan. The vestry was built in 1835.
The Leicestershire & Rutland Churches Project (www.leicestershirechurches.co.uk) has a fantastic entry for All Saints Church, Cossington which can be viewed by clicking on this link.
Rather less fantastic is the ‘heritage at risk’ news from Historic England which has become increasingly concerned about the decay associated with the dampness of our church, so much so that in January 2020 our All Saints Church was added to the English national Heritage at Risk Register. [Ref. Entry 15440]