St Lawrence

Here is a large town church that speaks of the 15th century. In 1483 Edward V, the husband of Elizabeth Woodville of nearby Grafton Regis, gave a large grant of stone from the royal quarries nearby in Whittlebury.

About this church

The already fine church was substantially enhanced with a new tower, a finely decorated west door, the raising of the roof to accommodate a clerestory and the new aisle windows.

This transformation was carried out only a little time after the erecting of the extraordinary tomb here to the town’s benefactor Archdeacon Sponne, rector at Towcester from 1442-48. It is a double tomb chest, nothing unusual about that nor with the effigy of Sponne, dressed as a cathedral canon on top. However, below, seen through an arcade you catch the bizarre sight of Sponne’s skeleton.

Elsewhere in the church you will discover architectural improvements carried out by Charles I courtier Sir Roger Banister, who paid for the chancel roof in 1640, and work by John Loughborough Pearson who restored the church in 1883. The building lies adjacent to Towcester’s ancient market square and the exciting new developments towards the river Tove and surrounding the Castle Mound.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Social heritage stories

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

St Mary's church is all that remains of the medieval village of Easton Neston when, following the enclosure of the land, the village was transferred to Hulcote.

St James the Great

There are two distinct reasons for coming here. The rare medieval wooden effigies and the association with the great nonconformist missionary William Carey (1761–1834).

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