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St James’ Church, Ab Kettleby
St James the Greater church, Ab
St James’ Church, Ab Kettleby
Coordinates: 52°47′54.82″N 0°55′38.14″W / 52.7985611°N 0.9272611°W / 52.7985611; -0.9272611
Location Ab Kettleby
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Dedication James the Greater
Heritage designation Grade II* listed
Parish Ab Kettleby and Holwell
Deanery Framland (Melton Mowbray)
Archdeaconry Leicester
Diocese Diocese of Leicester

St James’ Church, Ab Kettleby is a Grade II* listed parish church in the Church of England in Ab Kettleby, Leicestershire.


The church dates from the 13th century, but was restored between 1852 and 1853 by Broadbent and Hawley when repair were made and new oak benches were installed.

The remains of the villa, and a ditch running from north to south underneath the nave have caused serious structural problems for the church. The church closed in 2006 due to its structural problems and, following the raising of over £250,000 for repairs, it re-opened in 2013.


  • Everard Digby, (died 1628)
  • Joye Elizabeth, wife of William Neale, (died 1604)
  • John Neale (died 1606)
  • Christopher Dexter (died 1726)
  • Mathew Dexter (died 1728)

Parish status

The church is in a joint parish with St Leonard's Church, Holwell

Together, they form part of a wider benefice which includes

  • All Saints' Church, Asfordby
  • St Michael, Wartnaby
  • St Peter, Saxelbye
  • St John the Baptist, Grimston

The Bells

The peal of three bells, dating from 1599, 1653 and 1765 was augmented to six in 2015 with the addition of two new bells cast by John Taylor & Co, and a third bell, cast in 1929 and relocated from Gorran Churchtown, Cornwall.

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