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Stoke Doyle, St Rumbald

Church in Stoke Doyle

The decline in the parish population from the late medieval period led to the demolition of the early parish church in 1722. In it’s place a fine early Georgian church was erected to the design of Thomas Eayre of Kettering ( 1691 – 1757) – surveyor, clock maker, and bell founder ( the bells here are by him as well). The new church was a classical box with large arched windows flanking it’s sides and a splendid venetian window at the east end. The pedimented porch is pleasantly rusticated and the well proportioned tower is topped by obelisks. It is here you will encounter the work of John Michael Rysbrack (1694-1770). He, like Roubilliac, was an import coming to England in the 1720s. His bust of Lord Nottingham of circa 1730 made his reputation and from then on he was one ...

St Rumbald Churchyard is managed for the conservation of wildlife, winning  the Gold Award in the county Churchyard Conservation competition for many years. The churchyard represents one of the best examples of limestone grassland in the area with Quaking grass, ladies bedstraw, knapweeds and many butterfly species in the summer months.  

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Contact & Opening Times

Church Lane
Stoke Doyle

Opening Times

The church is open during daylight hours in British Summer Time, see board for access information during winter months. below for contact details.


Contact Details

Access to the church can be gained through Liz Doherty - 07713396130 - [email protected]

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