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“Beautiful old Church”
Review of St Peter's Church

St Peter's Church
Reviewed November 25, 2013

900 years old, of the oldest in Northamptonshire. The carvings are beautiful, flowers, birds and beasts, I love the man being swallowed by the monster! Plantagenet Kings worshipped here.

2  Thank Helenat7
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

St Peter's is now being looked after by The Churches Conservation Trust and I have to say the voluneers that we met were so full of passion and fascinating information that we were entertained, engaged and informed.

2  Thank Lex_McKee
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

The church is now in the capable hands of the Churches Conservation Fund, a registered charity which has so far saved many abandoned churches.
You need not be an expert in Norman architechture (I am certainly not!) to appreciate the sheer beauty of the building. Under the tower is a powerful arch richly carved with geometrical patterns (chevrons, zigzags..). The nave arcades bear similar carvings, and the capitals on the columns offer a catalogue of birds, fantastic beasts, grotesque faces, foliage, scrolls. The most amazing is the picture of a man emerging from the mouth of a monster: he clings to trees loaded with what look like giant pine cones.
Another treasure of this church is a tombstone decorated with a man's head surrounded by wheels, a creature resembling a cat, winged dragons (?).
We were lucky that 2 volunteers had opened the church on the day we visited Northampton.

4  Thank john g
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

Here is a superb use of local sandstone and limestone to create contrasting shapes and patterns in the walls. I love the clock on the tower of this church - painted blue and gold.

4  Thank markwilkinson86
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

I was fortunate to be walking pass St. Peters when I noticed a small sign saying: "Church Open Today." I never pass up a chance to visit an ancient church so in I went. A college student was minding the place and she gave me a tour of the church.

Since the church is no longer actively used by a congregation it is only through the efforts of volunteers like this student that such redundant Churches are being preserved and occasionally opened to the public.

St. Peter's dates from the early 12th Century. Its location is practically adjacent to the former site of once powerful Northampton Castle (the space is now the train station) it is likely that St. Peter's has played a significant role in Northampton's medieval history.

If you are fortunate enough to be strolling by and the Church is open, go inside. You won't be disappointed.

6  Thank d35pmartin
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