Churches & Cathedrals

Old church with graveyard and flowers in the foreground

Churches and abbeys are great places to find out about local history as well as being beautiful and fascinating places to explore.

Peterborough Cathedral

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

01733 355315 
Peterborough Cathedral

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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

01933 389457
St Peter’s Church

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

St Peter’s Church

St. Mary’s Church, Higham Ferrers

St. Mary’s Church, Rushden

Open all year round with it’s 172ft tower and spire, St Mary boasts a 14th century oak pulpit, one of only 35 left in England. Its strainer arch is also remarkable, one of the few examples of this architecture known in England.

St. Mary and All Saints

Open all year. This famous Perpendicular style church is a small part of a once great Collegiate foundation dating from 1411. Striking features include the octagonal lantern tower, the two storey north porch and the pinnacles and flying buttresses along the length of the nave.


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St. Peter’s Church, Oundle

There has been a church in this town since at least 709, when a Saxon saint called Wilfrid died at his church in Oundle. St. Peter’s Church has the highes spire in Northamptonshire . As you enter through the church porch there is a hidden room above you. In that room William Laxton was educated nearly 500 years ago.  He moved to London, became Lord Mayor and left his money to found Oundle School.

North Street, Oundle, PE8 4AL

St Peter’s Church

Heritage Open Days

From 11-20 September 2020 enjoy events to celebrate fantastic history and culture. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore.

All Saints Church, Aldwincle

The pinnacled and carved fifteenth-century tower dominates the surrounding countryside and the  medieval interior is almost cavernous in feel with few furnishings, offering a rare chance to see its beautiful limestone arcades and arches up close. Look out for strange carved birds, beasts and other creatures on the exterior. The Chambre chantry chapel of 1489 is also of exceptional quality.

Thorpe Road, NN14 3EA

All Saints Church

St Mary Magdalene

Built between 1200 and 1340, you enter through the late medieval porch which is unusually inscribed with the date of it’s construction, 1456. Internally the church was spared 19th century intervention instead it has a rather pleasant 18th century quality. This must have something to do with the local families – the Sothebys at the Hall and the Palmers, at Ecton House, and the Walleys. 

Church Way, Ecton, NN6 0QE

St Mary Magdalene

St Peter’s Church, Lowick

Of early medieval origin, this church was almost entirely rebuilt during 15th century. Note the fine example of Perpendicular architecture, most notably the lantern tower. From the former church is a display of early 14th century stained glass, amongst the finest in the Midlands.

Main Street, Lowick, NN14 3BG

St Mary the Virgin

A fine example of mid 13th century English gothic architecture, the rood screen is largely original although here and on the adjacent pulpit, the medieval decoration has been restored. 

Warmington, PE8 6TE