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Holy Cross

If All Saints Northampton is the county’s response to Wren’s London city churches, Holy Cross Daventry is that to Gibbs St Martin in the Fields.

Daventry, Northamptonshire

Opening times

March to the end of September; Tuesday 11am to 2.30pm and Friday 11am to 2.30pm.


Church Walk
NN11 4BL

In the mid 1750s the ancient church here, attached to the medieval Priory, was swept away and David Hiorne of Warwick (1715-1758) was commissioned to replace it. His building is a noble classical edifice in rich warm iron stone.

The well articulated west end, centred on a portico, supports a massive tower topped by an obelisk style spire. At the other end the projecting chancel closes a venetian window.

Internally Tuscan columns support the plaster groin vaults, behind them galleries hang on three sides.

The original box pews were reduced in height as part of EW Law’s restoration in the late 19th century. This also included the enrichment of the decoration around the altar.

In the 1960s Dykes Bower modified the Victorian changes and in doing so strengthened the original 18th century qualities of the interior.

  • Glorious furnishings

  • 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

  • Services are; Tuesday 10am, Friday 10am, Sunday 10am.

  • Church of England

Contact information

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