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Religious denominations in Leicester

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Leicester, in Leicestershire, UK has a long history which stretches back to pre-Roman times. Since then the population has grown continually, and keeping pace with this growth has been the building of numerous places of worship. Some still remain from the medieval period. However, it was during the 19th century, at the time of the Industrial Revolution, that saw the town's largest influx of population and correspondingly a large increase in places of worship. Adding to the number of these buildings was the accommodation for Nonconformist sects including those of Baptist, Congregational, Methodist as well as Catholic congregations.[1][2][3]

During the 20th and 21st centuries further places of worship have been built. Some in the suburbs – again to cater for the movement of population – and some for the diverse faiths that arrived in the city from many parts of the world, especially in recent decades.


The following is an incomplete list of the various denominations which have established their own congregations at some stage in Leicester's history, within the current boundary of the city.[4]

  • Ahmadiyya Muslim
  • Anglican – see List
  • Apostolic Church
  • Assemblies of God
  • Baptist
  • Bible Fellowship Church
  • Brethren
  • Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion
  • Catholic – see List
  • Catholic Apostolic Church (Irvingites)
  • Christadelphian
  • Christ Gospel Churches International
  • Christian Scientist
  • Church of Christ
  • Church of God[5]
  • Church of God of Prophecy
  • Congregational (formerly "Independent")
  • Elim Pentecostal Church
  • Evangelical Free Churches[6]
  • Greek Orthodox[7]
  • City Harvest Church[8]
  • Hindu
  • Jehovah's Witness
  • Jesus Army
  • Jewish
  • Latter Day Saints
  • Living Church of God
  • Methodist
  • Muslim
  • New Jerusalem Church
  • Polish Catholic Church
  • Presbyterian
  • Salvation Army
  • Serbian Orthodox Church
  • Seventh-day Adventist Church
  • Sikh
  • Society of Friends[9]
  • Spiritualist[10]
  • Swedenborgians[11]
  • True Jesus Church
  • Ukrainian Catholic Church[12]
  • Unitarian
  • United Reformed Church[13]
  • Universal Pentecostal Church
  • Wesleyan Holiness Church


  1. Moore, Andre (2008). Where Leicester Has Worshipped. ISBN 978-0-9533628-2-0. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  2. "Faith & Belief - Story of Leicester". www.storyofleicester.info.
  3. "The ancient borough: Protestant Nonconformity: A History of the County of Leicester: Volume 4". Victoria County History. 1958. pp. 390–394. Retrieved January 11, 2020. 1601
  4. "Places of Worship in Leicester". University of Leicester. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  5. "The Church of God in Leicester". The Churches of God in the Fellowship of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  6. "History". Knighton Free Church. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  7. http://greekchurchleicester.com/Index.html
  8. https://harvestcity.org/
  9. https://www.quaker.org.uk/meetings/leicester
  10. http://www.progressivespiritualistchurch.co.uk/
  11. https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/c/F96376
  12. "The Ascension of our Lord UCC". Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Family of London. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  13. https://urc.org.uk/images/mission/racial/MC_Story_Award/MC_Story_Award/Christ_Church_URC_Leicester.pdf


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