St Mary & All Saints

St Mary & All Saints is one of the finest structures in Northamptonshire and its royal connections provide much interest for every visitor.

About this church

The church with its distinctive octagonal lantern tower stands between the River Nene and the Willow Brook and looks out across idyllic countryside. Mary Queen of Scots was executed at nearby Fotheringhay Castle. Richard III was born in Fotheringhay.

Taken from Britain Express by David Ross:

Summing up Fotheringhay church I didn't know what to expect when I visited Fotheringhay. If the truth be told I came here just as much to see the castle as the church, but it was the church that really captured my imagination. There's just so much to see and appreciate! If you are a 'Ricardian' (supporter of Richard III) you will be in heaven visiting Fotheringhay, but even if you have only a passing interest in Richard III you will enjoy this spacious church for its wonderful Perpendicular architecture, fascinating history, and associations with some of Britain's most interesting historical figures. The church is generally open daylight hours and is well worth a special trip to see. From the church it is a very short stroll to the castle mound. On the way you will pass New Inn, now Garden Farm. This was built by Edward IV for visitors to the castle, and bears heraldic arms of the House of York around the wide entrance gate. One of the best places to view the church is from the 18th century bridge across the River Nene. This bridge replaces an earlier bridge built by Elizabeth I using stone from the collegiate choir of the church.

Key Features

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

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

Other nearby churches

St Andrew

Originally a Norman church with a wide tall chancel added in 1338 when a college here was founded by John Giffard, Canon of York.

St Mary the Virgin

The tower is well buttressed and unusually decorated , the first is accounted for by the susceptibility of the earth to subside on account of the Romans extracting iron stone from the vicinity.

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