Sacred Heart

One of the few late 19th century Catholic churches in Northamptonshire, the church is distinguished by some highly original details and has a largely intact and lavishly finished interior.

Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

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Knox Road

Built in local stone by the London architect SJ Nicholl and opened in autumn 1886, so it has recently marked its 130th anniversary.

The Wellingborough Catholic mission had been active since 1869, thanks to the Arkwright family of Knuston Hall, but the building of this church was substantially helped by Mrs Lyne-Stephens of Suffolk, a former French ballerina who had been left a fabulously wealthy widow. From this base, the redoubtable Canon Bernard Murray developed missions in Kettering and Rushden, and said Mass for the Vaux family at Harrowden Hall, where a private chapel in the grounds is still used.

The church is richly decorated in late Gothic style, with several idiosyncratic features including a rood beam, unusual in Catholic churches. The sanctuary has an unusual arrangement of a baldachino integral with the east window.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • 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

  • Catholic Church

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