With its dramatic West Front entrance and magnificent interior, Peterborough is one of the finest Norman Cathedral’s in Europe. It’s 13th Century painted Nave ceiling which is unique in England. Henry VIII’s first wife, Katharine of Aragon, is buried here. It is the cathedral for the Peterborough Diocese, which includes Northamptonshire within its boundaries. Entry is free (donations invited; groups please book in advance).
Peterborough Cathedral, Minster Precincts, Peterborough, PE1 1XS
Photo: Matthew Roberts
St. Peter’s Church, Raunds
In the reign of Henry III the Church was probably a plain cruciform Norman one, and from this was built the inspiring church of today. Built largely of local limestone in the Early English style, the rebuilding was started about 1220. Walking into church through the impressive south porch one’s eye is immediately caught by the unique 15th century wall paintings. The series of paintings forms one of the most complete and important painted interiors in Northamptonshire, if not the whole country.
Raunds Parish Church, Church Street, Raunds, NN9 6JB
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St. Peter’s Church, Irthlingborough
St. Peter’s obtained a licence to become a collegiate church in the 1370’s and the tower is linked to the main body of the church by the remains of the college building. Remarkably, the tower was taken down and carefully rebuilt identically between 1889 and 1893. Open all year round, Thursday and all day Sunday.
48 College Street, Irthlingborough, Wellingborough NN9 5TX