Category: Anglican

Lost Churches: St Andrew, Northampton

St Andrew Northampton was built in 1841 from public subscription. Its parish was a densely populated area that was originally part of the historic parish of Holy Sepulchre in the town. Known locally as “the Boroughs” it was until this building was erected well served by nonconformist meeting houses. Built of local sandstone it survived […]

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The Missions in the “Boroughs” of Northampton

In the 19th century, despite there being numerous well-established churches of many denominations around the periphery of Northampton’s “Boroughs”, the area was well served by additional premises for Sunday schools, social outreach and worship services. Judging by the many press reports over the years all of these ventures were well supported by the local community […]

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George Gilbert Scott

Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811-1878) and St Peter’s Northampton

Maybe the name is familiar, perhaps it’s not, it should be! He designed the Midland Hotel at St Pancras Station.

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Lost churches: St Bartholomew and St Lawrence

One church or two? There is an outstanding mystery about the location of this lost church and whether it was two separate churches or just one. Let’s examine the evidence. Although scanty, there is enough historical evidence to identify one of the sites. Traces of a medieval church There are two descriptions of the remains […]

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Arrival of Queen Victoria at All Saints church, Northampton

“A right Royal visit” Queen Victoria’s visit to Northampton

12 November 1844 was set to be a great day for Northampton. A chance to welcome Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. to the town. However, two tragedies would occur. It was a visit of convenience for the royal couple, who were passing through the town en route to Burghley House the residence of Marquess of […]

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18th century engraving of All Saints, Northampton showing the extent of the graveyard

Lost churches: All Saints, Northampton

Of course All Saints, Northampton is not ‘lost’, it is there in plain sight and for 300 years has been an iconic feature of the town. This building, however, is not the first church on this site. The original All Saints (or All Hallows, as it was sometimes known) was tragically damaged by a fire […]

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The Hesilrige Survey of 1743

The area around St Peter’s church was surveyed in 1743 along with the remains of the castle site. A helpful article appeared in the Journal of the Northants Natural History Society and Field Club in 1908 written by Rev R M Sargeantson, drawing on a previous article in 1904 by Mr A Adcock both eminent […]

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St Gabriel’s, St Michael’s Road, Northampton

A “lost church” hidden in plain sight In some streets in London today there are so many coffee shops of one particular chain that you can see the next one further down the same street. In earlier days the same was true of churches, chapels and mission rooms along some streets of Northampton. The St […]

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