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Holy Sepulchre

From the outside the church initially presents itself as a confident 19th century rebuild of a medieval foundation. This is the outcome of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s restoration of the 1860’s.

Northampton, Northamptonshire

Opening times

Covid19: has curtailed all operations until some form of normality returns. Group visits are hugely popular for local and distant groups. Best advise at this moment in time is to keep following our website or pick up the phone and call John on 01604 754782.

[Normally: Open Saturdays from 2pm to 4pm from May through to the end of September.
Group tours, for any number from 6 to a coach party, are available at any time (but best enjoyed from May to September, and are bookable by contacting us.]


Sheep Street

Step through the porch and the surprise awaits you. You enter an eight sided building which reflects not only on the church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem but also the famous reinterpretations of it, Charlemange’s chapel at Aachen, and San Vitale in Ravenna.

Such churches in England, of which there are very few are normally associated with the Knights Templars. Here though the decision to build a round church in about 1110 was that of Simon de Senils, Earl of Northampton, who had taken part in the first crusades.

The great space rises up three floors with a marvellous wooden beam ceiling above. In the 13th century the church was extended and now you rise from the circular area up to a central nave flanked on both sides by double aisles and centred on a Victorian chancel.

The church has a strong connection with the military life of the county. Note the highly unusual stained glass window of Richard Coeur de Lyon at the battle of Jaffa in the north aisle adjacent to two late Morris and Co windows. The Soldiers Chapel is where over 6000 soldiers from the Northamptonshires are remembered from the two great wars. This chapel has recently been completely refurbished.

The church hosts a number of wonderful events each year. Through our experienced tour guides we bring to life the wonderful history down the centuries. Extensive new research has emerged from our closedown which provides new Visitor Experience.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Famous connections

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Ramp or level access available on request

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Church shop or souvenirs

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Brilliant concerts in the world famous Round 1100AD.

  • Heritage Open Days in September.

  • Group Tours for 6 to 30 persons.

  • Church of England

Contact information

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