Church of St John the Baptist, Wakerley, Northamptonshire

Address: Main Street, Wakerley, Stamford, Northamptonshire, LE15 8PA
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Some of the finest carved capitals in England

This Medieval church, with its magnificent 14th- and 15th-century tower and spire, stands prominently on a hillside above the Welland Valley.

Inside, it has a spectacular 12th-century chancel arch (look for the zig-zag pattern), which rests on some of the most beautiful carved capitals in England.

The robust font is 13th-century.

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Road directions

7 miles south west of Stamford, off A43 and south of A47 Peterborough Road via Luffenham Road to Barrowden, and Wakerley Road to Wakerley; prominent hillside location off Main Street

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Stamford (6.5 miles)

OS Reference No.

SP 956 992

What’s on & news

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16/07/14 Wendy Leaney impressed the judges with her skillfully sculpted creation made out of homemade lime and elderflower cordial

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.







PDF iconNorthamptonshire & Warwickshire County Guide (PDF, 4.6mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Northamptonshire & Warwickshire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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  1. Lionel Wall (03 Nov 2011, 15:45)

    Please see my website page about this church:

    http://www.greatenglishchurches.co.uk/html/wakerley.html

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Donate by text

Last year, we welcomed over two million visitors to our churches. If each person donated just £2, this would enable us to keep our churches open, safe and watertight for you and future generations to enjoy.

Close up of a mosaic at St Peter, Northampton

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Church of St John the Baptist, Wakerley, Northamptonshire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

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.