The Parish church of St Peter's in Leire dates from 1868 when the present church was rebuilt onto an older 14th century tower.
The Incumbent is also responsible for the parishes of Ashby Parva and Dunton Bassett.
Services in the three churches are held on a rota system and full details and times can be found in the church newsletter which is delivered monthly to every house in the village.
History of St Peter's
The church consists of a nave made up of four bays with a north aisle, a western tower and a chancel. There is a vestry on the north side of the chancel, whilst the nave has a porch on the south side.
The tower, with its spire is believed to be late 14th century, the remainder of the present church having been rebuilt in 1867-8 when the north aisle was added. The architect for this work was William Smith, Esq. of Drummond Street, London as agreed at the Vestry meeting held on Easter Monday, 22nd April 1867.
The church is constructed of squared coursed granite rubble walling, with buttress cappings, window masonry and string courses predominantly in oolitic limestone. The tower and spire are constructed of sandstone.
The floor throughout is of encaustic tiles with soft wood boarding being used in the pews and choir stalls. The pews themselves, choir stalls, clergy desk, pulpit, communion rail and reredos are all in oak.