Northampton, St James

Northampton, St James

Northampton, St James

St James maybe the finest late 19th century polychrome church in the county. It exhibits all the qualities of a muscular Christian church built for the town’s increasing artisan population during the last quarter of 19th century. It was designed by Robert Wheeler and building work commenced in 1868. In form it adopts the Early English style, but this is greatly enhanced by the architect’s brilliant orchestration of building materials. Externally, it is predominantly red brick with stone dressings rising almost shockingly from St James’ Rd, now a busy thoroughfare leading into Northampton from the west. It is unmissable. Internally it is even richer. Here Wheeler deploys red and black bricks creating strong geometric patterns on the walls. His stunted columns are in polished pink granite. The near contemporary pulpit takes up the chromatic theme &...

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Contact & Opening Times

Northampton, St James
St James’ Road

Opening Times


The church is normally locked but open Saturday mornings, see below for contact details.


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


If the church is locked, please contact Rev. Philip Bowden – 01604 461780 or the church warden – 01604 464668

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