The building is Grade I listed. A Norman church which was rebuilt in 1220 with additions in 1300 & 1450. It contains many rare features from different centuries, including: Medieval wall paintings, a rare medieval 24 hour clock, important stained glass windows (including the work of Kempe & Co., Francis Skeat and E R Suffling), a 3 manual organ by Conacher of 1893, Ram's Head Circular Font and Medieval exterior carvings. In Pevsner's 'Buildings of England: Northamptonshire' he states 'This is without doubt one of the finest medieval churches in the county, not only for it's architecture but for decoration' These and many other rare features are now in jeopardy owing to subsidence of the building which has already caused considerable damage to the Medieval paintings, the Medieval carvings and the stonework outside. A stained glass window has been removed to preserve and eliminate the danger of any further damage. The church is an important community facility enjoyed by people of all different age groups including local schools and toddler groups.
The grant will help fund a repair project for underpinning, glazing repairs to several windows, internal and external masonry repairs, drainage works and wallpainting conservation.
Top tips from completed project feedback:
- You will need added insurance liability and premiums during restoration works.
- We recommend a large working party to clean the Church at the weekends in preparation for Sunday services (building works can create a lot of dust) and a group of people willing to be part of the project team.