Holy Trinity Church, Blatherwycke, Northamptonshire

Address: Main Street, Blatherwycke, Stamford, Northamptonshire, PE8 6YW
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Open at weekends between Easter and September. At other times, key holder nearby.
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A plum pudding for old men

With its tower seen standing behind a curtain of trees, above a lake and close to the stables of the vanished mansion, this lovely church dates back to the 12th-century and enjoys a memorable setting.

The church is partly Norman but shows work from most centuries from the 12th onwards and its roofs are tiled with Collyweston slates.

The windows are filled with dazzling stained glass some by J R Clayton and C E Kempe and Co. In addition to monuments to the Stafford and O’Brien families who lived here, there is a 1650 tablet by Nicholas Stone engagingly commemorating the poet Thomas Randolf, who ended a short and dissipated life while visiting Blatherwycke.

There is also one with a bequest of 'a plum pudding on Christmas day’ to six old, poor men in the parish.

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Road directions

9 miles south west of Stamford, off A43; take country road to village of Blatherwycke; church within Blatherwycke directly off main village street

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Stamford (7.8 miles)

OS Reference No.

SP 974 957

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  1. P.F.M. (18 Jun 2011, 14:43)

    I knew this church many years ago, and always loved it.
    After 45 years away, I visited this church on 4th June 2011. A lovely, sunny day to see a beautiful, homely, welcoming church. That the lovely old pews are well worn and that some drapes are obviously a little faded is no distraction; indeed just the opposite.
    The parishioners of the gradually historically dwindling village did a wonderful job of maintaining their church, as have the Trust since its redundancy. The list of incumbents is interesting to those historically minded, in that it gives details of those not only here, but also at St. Mary Magdalene, also in the village, until the two were united.
    If you visit Stamford or, perhaps, Fotheringhay, it is well worth taking a side trip to see this special little church.

  2. Barry. Toshio. Shiraishi. (22 Nov 2012, 02:02)

    I have many clear & fond memories of days spent in this beautiful church, while living under the care of the Reverent McClues.& his family in 1942, in the vicarage, sited next to the Blatherwycke bridge. A British army unit was encamped within the church grounds at the time. The church services were very lively & well attended by the troops & the local parishioners, even more so when the small group of army musicians played during the service.
    Along with these memories I will take the opportunity to thank the inhabitants of Blatherwycke for reflecting the true sprite of their beautiful church by giving a young Japanese boy shelter, during my hours of need.

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Holy Trinity Church, Blatherwycke, 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.