St Denys

The medieval church here was rebuilt in 1874 for Richard Naylor to designs by JK Colling which resulted in one of the most lavish 19th century church interiors in Northamptonshire.

Kelmarsh, Northamptonshire

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Harborough Road

The architect deployed pink Aberdeen granite, alabaster, antique marbles said to have come from Rome, Cosmati ceramic floors, ceramic panels and much carving especially of plants resulting in a very rich effect. Also from this period are the altar frontal and rug by Morris and Co, and the stained glass by a variety of makers including Lavers, Barraud & Westlake and WM Pepper. There is also a later window in the south aisle, 1947 by Hugh Easton.

Earlier monuments survive including those to the Hanbury family from the 17th and 19th century. The largest though is to Richard Naylor himself, again in pink granite, very noticeable when you walk up to the church porch. Both the Hanburys and the Naylors lived at nearby Kelmarsh Hall.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • 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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Other nearby churches

St Michael

Haselbech, Northamptonshire

The medieval church has a fine west tower around 1500.