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Northampton, All Saints

Northampton, All Saints

Northampton, All Saints

At All Saints you encounter a “Wren“ city church in the provinces of the highest quality. In 1675 Northampton’s principal medieval church was burnt down leaving just it’s 13th century crypt and large central tower. The rebuilt church, probably designed by Henry Bell of Kings Lynn, was based on Wren’s contemporary St Mary – at – Hill in the city of London. It took thirty years to complete and is built in the baroque classical style. Externally this includes a great columned portico, a dome, lanterns and very regular walls with lancet windows encased in classical arches. Internally you encounter large square space, the elaborately plastered ceilings supported by four massive ionic columns. It is a splendid example of Carolean architecture. The rich plaster work was carried out by Edward Goudge whose work is also to be found in the adjacent Session House. The majority of the fitments also survive including the Mayor’s Chair (really a throne), the pulpit, communion rails, organ case and even the original reredos (paintings of Moses and Aaron and the ten commandments) now though distributed around the church. The principal benefactor was Charles ll and this is made clear by the unusually placed full length statue of the monarch by the local sculptor John Hunt which tops the portico. Beneath you will see an inscription “ This Statue was erected in memory of King Charles ll who gave a thousand tun of timber toward the re building of the church and to this town seven years chimney money…” The very sensitive late 19th century restoration, principally in the chancel heighten the baroque effect with new reredos choir stalls and fluted ionic columns.

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Contact & Opening Times

George Row
Northampton
NN1 1DF

Opening Times

The church is open during daylight hours.

 

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

Father Oliver Coss

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01604 632845

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