St Margaret

Crick is a village with the quality of an 18th century town, with a very pleasant variety of buildings, at one end stands the majestic church.

About this church

Here you encounter the pinkish stone which is characteristic of the Northamptonshire / Warwickshire border. Here it does a marvellous job pulling together the buildings medieval elements including the tower, spire, very wide nave with aisles and a noble chancel built by the Astley family around 1360. Seek out the rare Norman font supported by three kneeling figures, a motif normally associated with medieval fonts in Italy.

The organ, made in 1819 by Thomas Elliot, was originally intended by George IV for the Chapel Royal. The church also has two patented cast iron stoves from 1856 designed by Sir Goldsworth Gurney which you normally encounter in cathedrals.

On the south wall there is a portrait of Laud, who was later to be Archbishop of Canterbury during the reign of Charles I and would meet his end on the block in 1645. The reason it hangs here is that Laud, early in his career, was vicar of Crick 1619 - 1621.

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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