Northampton, St Peters

Northampton, St Peter

Northampton, St Peter

The church is now looked after by The Churches Conservation Trust. One of the best Norman Churches in Britain. It’s sophistication in design and ornament is a reflection of the national importance of Northampton in the Middle Ages. It was a Royal seat and it was here that Thomas a Becket trial took place in 1164. Built on a large Saxon site near the castle the church was built circa 1170 and is associated with the 1st Earl of Northampton, Simon de St. Liz. Externally the striking feature is the continuous arcaded frieze topped by a series of grotesque corbels that stretch along both sides of the basilica. This was subject to a sensitive restoration by Sir G.G. Scott in 1850 which also involved the rebuilding of the East end. Here there is a symmetrical arrangement of Norman round ...

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Contact & Opening Times


Opening times are Wednesday – Saturday 10am to 4pm. Further information can be obtained by ringing 0845 3032760 or 0207 2130679. The church is looked after by The Churches Conservation Trust. Visit:

  • Free parking

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