Church of St Peter & St Paul, Preston Deanery, Northamptonshire
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1,000 years of animals, both carved and real!
A snake with a protruding tongue, two fan-tailed birds and a strange animal, all Viking in character and 1,000 years old, are carved on each side of the chancel arch in this simple aisleless church. Tthe church was partly demolished in the sixteenth century and converted to secular use - the chancel became a dog kennel and the rugged Norman tower a pigeon house! It was restored in 1620.
01 July 2018 - 01 July 2018
Traditional Book of Common Prayer sung evensong to celebrate the festival of Saints Peter and Paul, the patronal saints of Preston Deanery Church.
The most outstanding Norman church in the country. A church from our finest shortlist.
Relic of a deserted medieval village
Survivor of a lost Medieval village
Parking is available in layby and there is a short walk on gravel path to main door of church. There is a step down into church.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
4 miles south east of Northampton; at the A45/A508 junction take B526 Newport Pagnall Road and right turn along a counry lane to the hamlet of Preston Deanery; church in hamlet
Nearest railway station: Northampton (3.9 miles)
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church 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 we care 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