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Northampton, Holy Sepulchre

Medieval church in Northampton

From the outside the church initially presents itself as a confident 19th century re build of a medieval foundation. This is the outcome of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s restoration of the 1860’s. As you head towards the porch though your eyes are taken by a strange circular element between tower and nave. Step through that porch and the surprise awaits you. You enter an eight sided building which reflects not only on the church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem but also the famous re - interpretations of it, Charlemange’s chapel at Aachen, and San Vitale in Ravenna. Such churches in England, of which there are very few are normally associated with the Knights Templars. Here though the decision to build a round church in about 1110 was that of Simon de Senils, Earl of ...

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Contact & Opening Times

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Opening Times


The church is open on Saturday afternoons from 2pm until 4pm from May until the end of September. Private openings by arrangement only, please contact – 01604 754782


Contact Details


Telephone: 01604 754782

Email: [email protected]

  • Baby changing
  • Coach parking
  • Group tours
  • Meeting / conference space
  • Wheelchair access

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