St Peter's Church, Northampton, Northamptonshire

Marefair, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 1SR
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The church is available to visit by appointment. Please contact The Friends of St Peters at [email protected] or telephone 07522 792392. For more information please contact Karen Moore at [email protected] or 07876 324554.
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The most outstanding Norman church

St Peter's stands in a pretty grass churchyard in Northampton town centre, beside the buried remains of a Saxon palace. This 900-year-old Norman church is filled with glorious carved treasures. Inside, great Norman arches of plain and banded stone rise and flow with zig-zag waves.

They are supported by beautiful carved capitals, each overflowing with foliage, scrollwork, birds and beasts -- look for the man being swallowed by (or emerging from) a monster. These carvings were plastered over in the seventeenth century and were carefully unpicked with a bone knife in the early nineteenth century by local antiquarian Anne Elizabeth Baker, a labour of love lasting 11 years. Other highlights include a handsome brass lectern and carved wooden pews and monuments - including the bust of William Smith, the father of British geology.

Outside, strange half-human faces glare out from under the eaves, together with cruder, timeworn figures. There are other delights to be found include the fourteenth-century font, a twelfth-century grave slab with astonishingly clear relief carving and some fine Victorian stained glass.

To donate by text, please text 'NHM' to 70970 to donate £5 and to 70191 to donate £10. Thank you.

short guide and plan 2024.pdf

Find out more about the work of the Friends of St. Peter's Church here: The Friends of St Peter's Church | Marefair, Northampton UK (

CCT are delivering an ambitious project to regenerate the Old Black Lion public house in Northampton, which is next door to St Peter’s Church. Find out more about this project here.

  • Access information
    Church is located in town centre. Access from street to church is via a paved path. There is one very small step into the porch.
  • Facilities & Hire
    Northampton is a large church with fixed pews. There is heating and electricity. There are no toilet facilities.
  • Directions
    Northampton city centre location, south side of Marefair adjoining St. Peter's Way/Marefair junction. One way system.
  • Transport

    Nearest railway station:

    Northampton (0.2 miles); buses from town centre.

    Bus route numbers 3/5/6/9/9A/19/21/22/22A/30/50/96/D1/D2.

  • History & Further Information

    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.

    Warwickshire & Northamptonshire County Guide 2012

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

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