Church of St Mary De Castro, Castle Yard, Leicester - Leicester, City of (UA)

Founded c1107 as a collegiate chapel attached to Leicester Castle. Fabric dates from early C13 and C14, with later C15 and C18 alterations, and 1853-4 restoration by Sir George Gilbert Scott. A Heritage Lottery Fund grant was awarded in 2011 for a detailed assessment of the spire which was known to be in poor condition. The condition of masonry was such that urgent dismantling was necessary. This commenced in late 2013 and was completed in summer 2014. The church is in the process of gaining the relevant permissions for improved facilities.

Church of St Mary De Castro, Castle Yard, Leicester - Leicester, City of (UA)
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: CHURCH OF ST MARY DE CASTRO
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade I
  • List Entry Number: 1074070
  • Local Planning Authority: Leicester, City of (UA)
  • Site Type: Religious ritual and funerary > Church


  • Building Name: Church of St Mary De Castro
  • Street Name: Castle Yard
  • Locality: Leicester
  • Unitary Authority: Leicester, City of (UA)
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Leicester South
  • Region: East Midlands

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Place of worship
  • Condition: Poor
  • Priority: D - Slow decay; solution agreed but not yet implemented
  • Previous Priority: D
  • Ownership: Religious organisation
  • Designation: Listed Place of Worship grade I, SM, CA

Contact Details

Janine Dykes

Next steps

Read more about this historic site on the National Heritage List for England