All Saints

A church that lost its village.

About this church

Sir Christopher Hatton, Elizabeth Is Lord Chancellor, moved the village of Holdenby when he built his mansion; the church now lies remote and isolated beside fields and a pond, beyond the gardens of Holdenby House. A fine building of local ironstone, it is largely fourteenth century but the chancel was rebuilt in 1845 and Sir George Gilbert Scott restored the church in 1867.

Inside, there is much of interest: an unusual series of seven painted texts, probably Elizabethan; memorials from the 13th century onwards, including an incised alabaster slab dedicated to William Holdenby (who died in 1490) and his wife; chancel stalls; an impressive 16th century screen brought from Holdenby House around 1700.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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St Mary the Virgin with St John

The church dates from around 1300 but it is the intervention of the Spencer family of nearby Althorp that transformed the medieval building. Sir John Spencer (d1522) rebuilt the chancel and commenced the funerary chapel that lies adjacent to it. Further intervention of both church and chapel was carried out by Edward Bloor in 1840s.

All Saints

Externally a particularly handsome medieval church with full square tower with fine double bell openings, all dating from around 1300.

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