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Steane, St Peter

Steane, St Peter

Steane, St Peter

Set in the gardens of Steane Park this is a rare church built in the gothic style in 1620.

Whereas Tom Tower in Oxford can be seen as Wren’s essay in Gothic Revival, Steane is one of the last examples of the tradition of Gothic architecture.

It was built by the Crewe family and originally sat alongside their mansion. It’s interesting to see how fashions were changing fast. When it came to building the south doorway to the church in 1630’s Baroque architecture was vanquishing gothic and here you see a fine example of the new style with ionic columns and open segmented pediment. (nb Nathaniel Crewe was made Bishop of Oxford just at the time that the Laudian entrance to the University Church of St Mary was being built).

Internally, the building is almost square and most of the furnishings 18th century probably courtesy of Lord Crewe, Bishop of Durham – box pews and pulpit and a highly unusual marble communion table given by the bishop in 1720. The north aisle is the family mortuary chapel with a succession of splendid 17th and early 18th century monuments : all recently sympathetically restored. This is one of the most delightful buildings and indeed places in the south part of the county.

Please refer to the Glossary for any terms in the text that you are unfamiliar with.

Contact & Opening Times

Steane Park
Brackley
Northamptonshire
NN13 6DP

Opening Times

 

The church is normally locked, see below for contact details.

 

Contact Details

 

Key obtainable from:

 

Georgina Reynolds – [email protected] – Tel: 01280 705899

 

Jeremy Veale – [email protected] – Tel: 01280 840017

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