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.

About this church

The church contains good 16th and 17th century benches with poppy heads. The final appearance of the chancel, reredos and pulpit dates from around 1903. 

The east window of The Adoration of the Lamb is by Morris and Co in 1912, and is a memorial to Countess Spencer.

The spectacular Spencer tombs date from the early 17th century through to the 19th and include works by Jasper Hollemans, Nicholas Stone, John Stone, Nollekens, Flaxman and Chantrey.The church also contains the tomb slab to Laurence Washington, ancestor of George Washington.

Key Features

  • Magnificent memorials
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • 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 Botolph

St Botolph's welcomes you and we are open daily for private prayer and admiration of its beauty.

All Saints

A 12th century parish church in a beautiful spot overlooking the Nene Valley.

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