St Michael's Church, Upton, Northamptonshire
- What's nearby
Relic of a deserted medieval village
This curious box-like Norman church stands between the very busy A45 and the grounds of Upton Hall, now a school. There are several memorials and hatchments mostly commemorating the Samwell family as well as effigies of Sir Richard Knightley (who died in 1537) and his wife, and a monument to the author of Oceana, James Harrington (who died in 1677). Mounds and other signs of a deserted nearby medieval village can be seen around the church.
The most outstanding Norman church in the country. A church from our finest shortlist.
A church that lost its village
1,000 years of animals, both carved and real!
Paved path through churchyard and a small step into church. Located next to busy road.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating, running water and toilet facilities.The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
2 miles west of Northampton on A45
Nearest railway station:
Northampton (1.8 miles)
History & Further 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.Warwickshire & Northamptonshire County Guide 2012
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.
Useful local links:
- Visit Northamptonshire tourism website: www.visitnorthamptonshire.co.uk
- Northamptonshire History: www.northamptonshire-history.org.uk
- Northamptonshire Family History Society: www.northants-fhs.org
- Northamptonshire Archaeological Society: www.northants-archaeology.org.uk
- Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust: www.nhct.org.uk