All Saints

This church has strong American associations as during the Second World War some 6,000 men and women of the 351st Heavy Bombardment Group Eight, United States Army Airforce, was stationed at the newly created Polebrook Airbase.

Polebrook, Northamptonshire

Opening times

The church is normally locked, please contact us to arrange a visit.



The Americans arrived here in April 1943 and carried out a large number of successful missions taking out factories and strategic defence installations. They supported the armies at the battle of Normandy and helped to stop the German counter attack at The Battle of the Bulge.

Fittingly the church became a memorial to their bravery. It’s a building which grew in topsy turvy fashion during the medieval period which may explain its unusual form with an unusually large nave, two deep transepts, and a long thin chancel. It is in the north transept where you find the American memorial with its book of remembrance.

This part of the church looks convincingly medieval but in fact the columns of the arcade arches were added or replaced sometime after 1720. In the opposite south transept, you will discover some good wall tombs, one with cherubs delicately holding open a book which is being kept in place by their unfurled wings.

This is a timeless building, its tower and spire towering high above the small village that has returned to a quiet life after the hustle and bustle of the mid 20th century.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

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