Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate and St Thomas of

Northampton Roman Catholic Cathedral

Northampton Roman Catholic Cathedral

Few Northampton residents know that the town has a Cathedral ! The Grade II building on Barrack Road is the “mother church” of the Catholic Diocese of Northampton, which includes Beds, Bucks, Milton Keynes and Slough as well as Northamptonshire. When the first small chapel was built on this site in 1825, it was out in the fields and orchards well north of the town, and was partly intended to serve the Catholics among the soldiery based here and at Weedon. The site was part of lands formerly owned by St Andrew’s Priory, a short distance south, from where St Thomas Becket famously escaped during his trial by Henry II in 1164. Thus, the first small Catholic chapel, using stones from the long-demolished priory, was also called St Andrew’s. It is still partially visible, having been ...

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Contact & Opening Times

Barrack Road

Opening Times


The cathedral is open to visitors and those seeking an opportunity for peace and prayer from 8am until 5:30pm each day, with an evening service at a later time.


During Mass (times as below), visitors are asked to be respectful of the services going on.


Sundays – 08:30, 11:00, 17:15

Mondays – 19:00

Wednesdays – 09:30

Thursdays – 09:30

Fridays – Holy Hour, 11:00 - 12:00, Mass 12:15

Saturdays – Confessions 17:00, Vigil Mass 18:00


The church lies close to a Country House which offers a restaurant and is open to the public. For opening times, please look at the Historic Houses section of our website under Delapre.

Contact Details


Any problems, please contact the parish office (open 09:30 - 14:00) - 01604 714556

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