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Address: Marefair, Northampton, England

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The Magic of the Crusades

This gem of a church is one of the few 'in the round' churches as celebrated by the Knights Templar. You'll feel the da Vinci Code

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 November 2016
Lex_McKee
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Poole, United Kingdom
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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

This gem of a church is one of the few 'in the round' churches as celebrated by the Knights Templar. You'll feel the da Vinci Code

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Wonderful old church, located about half way between the train station and the town centre. Very well kept with a wealth of detail to see. The volunteers were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. A rare historic gem, well worth a look if you are visiting Northampton.

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northampton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2015

Unfortunately no longer used, this church is beautiful. It's around 900 years old, with banded stone in parts. There are some wonderful carvings inside and out and Norman arcades. It is grade I listed and well worth a look.

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2 Thank kazzacola
Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2015

Built in 1070,I have always loved this Church and I was saddened that it was placed out of commission in the 90s. I recently tracked down the keyholder and managed to have plenty of time inside, alone in peace and it really was a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend a visit to anyone who appreciates history and beautiful places... More 

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1 Thank antonyantoniou
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2015

This church has so much history. It is on Saxon site and a shrine to St Ragenar (tombstone displayed in the church). The main elements were built in Norman times with the highly decorated arches still in amazing condition. Victorian alterations have been restored and show the full colour and intricacy of design of that time. In addition, William Smith,... More 

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Thank PeteAndJanet
Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2014

This is not only a lovely building from the outside, with all its stone carvings, but the Norman architecture is splendid inside. The round arches and pillars are carved with zig-zags and other designs typical of this architectural period. Also inside is a memorial to William Smith, the 'father of geology'. He died whilst visiting Northampton. His grave is the... More 

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Northampton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

900 years old, of the oldest in Northamptonshire. The carvings are beautiful, flowers, birds and beasts, I love the man being swallowed by the monster! Plantagenet Kings worshipped here.

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2 Thank Helenat7
Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

St Peter's is now being looked after by The Churches Conservation Trust and I have to say the voluneers that we met were so full of passion and fascinating information that we were entertained, engaged and informed.

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2 Thank Lex_McKee
Hastings, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2013

The church is now in the capable hands of the Churches Conservation Fund, a registered charity which has so far saved many abandoned churches. You need not be an expert in Norman architechture (I am certainly not!) to appreciate the sheer beauty of the building. Under the tower is a powerful arch richly carved with geometrical patterns (chevrons, zigzags..). The... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2013

Here is a superb use of local sandstone and limestone to create contrasting shapes and patterns in the walls. I love the clock on the tower of this church - painted blue and gold.

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