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Eydon, St Nicholas

Eydon, St Nicholas

St Nicholas, Eydon

The setting of the church, a little way from the village, remains untouched by the 20th and 21st centuries.

It is at the south end of the village adjacent to Eydon Hall, a Grade 1 neo-classical house designed by James Lewis in 1789-1791 for the Rev'd Francis Annesley, the absentee rector of Chedzoy in Somerset, not the incumbent of Eydon.

Oddly, both the church and the hall post date this fascinating village. There were good Northamptonshire Sandstone quarries here in medieval times and the village buildings and, in particular, the layout are a rare survival of that period.

The plan, and it clearly was a plan, foresaw two parallel streets running roughly north to south, now known as High Street and Lime Avenue, linked at either end. The rough rectangle, that these streets enclosed, provided plots of land for each dwelling extending from one main street to the other.

The older houses largely have frontage or stand gable end onto the High Street and date from the 17th and 18th centuries and are built with the rich local ironstone.

The village is also unusual in the number of rectories that have survived: three in all. Whilst the church dates from the 13th century, with Norman parts of the north arcade, nave and chancel still visible and a 14th century tower, what largely remains is due to the rebuilding works of the architect Richard Charles Hussey (1806-1886) who had inherited Thomas Rickman's Birmingham practice in 1838.

At Eydon he did a typical Tractarian job between 1864-5 and it may be no coincidence that he had worked on the church of one of the Tractarian movement's leaders, John Henry Newman, at Littlemore near Oxford, about twenty years earlier.

Not to be missed is the Norman font. It belongs to a group of fonts known as Aylesbury or Buckinghamshire fonts, made in the shape of chalices, with vertical fluting on the lower rim of the bowl and richly ornamented. The bases are generally formed of one or two inverted scalloped capitals, but Eydon's is unique in being formed of eight.

Contact & Opening Times

St. Nicholas Church
Eydon
Daventry
NN11 3PQ

Opening Times

The church is normally open during daylight hours.

 

Contact Details

The church can be reached by a footpath from the village green or from the southern end of Lime Avenue.

 

Church wardens:

[email protected]

[email protected]

 

The Rev. Rev Paul Trathen – 01327 260204, [email protected]

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