All Saints' Church, Holdenby, Northamptonshire

Address: Holdenby Road, Holdenby, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN6 8DJ
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A church that lost its village

Sir Christopher Hatton, Elizabeth I’s 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 14th-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.

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Road directions

6 miles north west of Northampton, between A428 and A5199 in hamlet of Holdenby; church access through stables off Holdenby Road

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Long Buckby (4.5 miles)

OS Reference No.

SP 692 676

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Comments

  1. Dean family (10 May 2012, 14:43)

    Many times when our family lived in Northampton in 1988 to 1992.
    The nearby fields, farms with its sheep and the solitude was a welcome respite from the noise of city life.
    We never went into the church itself, but there was such a peace in its surroundings there for us so went there frequently as a Sunday afternoon drive.

  2. Geoffrey Davis (05 May 2014, 16:56)

    I was born and raised in Holdenby (always known to me as Holmby).
    I was a choir boy then and am now 88, living in Western Isles so do not get that any more. One local legend was that the silver was looted from the Church in the English Civil war (I think it was the Roundheads) and buried for later collection. About 200 yards to south west of the church there is a row of elm trees, one of which keeps getting struck by lightning giving strength to the belief that the treasure is buried there. There are also elm trees to the north of the field but I think they are a bit too far away.
    I would be interested to know if this mystery has ever been followed up.

  3. audrey hearn (01 Jun 2014, 22:24)

    I attempted to visit today, just saw the direction sign, didn't realise it was quite a distance to walk which I couldn't manage ,so very disappointed not to find the church, beautiful peaceful surroundings.

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All Saints' Church, Holdenby, Northamptonshire

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Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.