St. Peter’s Church, Northampton

I managed to get the keys to enter this beautiful church, that used to be our Greek Orthodox Church until the mid 90s, when it was handed over to the national trust. It was built between 1130/1140 and is one of the most outstanding Norman church in Northamptonshire.

 

St. Peter's Church, Northampton

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The church stands on a site between a former Anglo-Saxon palace and Northampton Castle. Two previous churches have been on the site, one built in wood, the other in stone. The present church was probably built between 1130 and 1140 by Simon de Senlis II. The west tower had fallen by 1607 and was rebuilt later in that century, moving it 12 feet (3.7 m) to the east. In the 1850s the church was restored by George Gilbert Scott. This included re-roofing the church, rebuilding the east end and lowering the floor of the nave by 1 foot (0.3 m). Scott also reconstructed the clerestory but left the Norman carvings untouched. In 1878–79 his son, John Oldrid Scott carried out a scheme of decoration using stencils on the interior of the east wall.

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