23
Oct

Cold Ashby – St. Denys.

   Posted by: churches   in Daventry District, Northamptonshire

St Denys. Cold Ashby Nave and Chancel Chancel

The parish church of St Denys in Cold Ashby, Northamptonshire, has a simple plan, consisting of a west tower, nave and chancel. There are no aisles, transepts, although there is a clerestory. The church was mostly built between the 12th and 14th centuries, of ashlar block from the local Lias stone, and was restored in the 1840s.

Font Font Carved head

The Perpendicular style font has craved flower motifs on the underside of the bowl.

Stained glass memorial Memorial to Emily Bateman Stained glass memorial

The vicar, Gregory Bateman, in the 19th century carried out a number of improvements in the church, including the High Victorian style Lych Gate of 1883, and the church contains a number of monuments including stained glass to him and his wife. The stained glass dedicated to him shows him preaching in the church, and welcoming the parishioners at the Lynch Gate.

cold ashby 15 Markham and Castle Wickes Monument

There is another wall monument to Gregory Bateman, and two other late 18th century monuments, an oval monument to Elizabeth Castle and Elizabeth Markham, and another monument to Alice Wickes.

Sundial Scratch dial

The outside south wall of the church contains a sundial and the remains of a medieval scratch dial.

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avon dassett victorian catholic church avon dassett victorian catholic church

Completed in 1854, this Catholic Church dedicated to St. Joseph, was built in the Early English style by Pugin’s master builder George Myers.

West window - Avon Dassett  John Hardman stained glass East window - Avon Dassett  John Hardman stained glass Lady Chapel  - Annunciation and Assumption John Hardman stained glass

The church contains many early stained glass works by John Hardman. Hardman was present at the church’s opening and sang with a part of the St Chad choir from Birmingham. Both the west window contain a crucifixion scenes, and has the Virgin Mary and St John the Evangelist in the lancets to the left and right. The east window window has a central figure of Christ, within a vesica piscis, who is sat on a rainbow that is above New Jerusalem. A number of Seraphim make up the ruby red background of the mandorla. On the left the Virgin Mary is holding a lily that symbolizes the Annunciation, and in the right window St Joseph is holding a flowering rod. In the Lady Chapel the two donor figures at the bottom of the lancet windows s are St. Aloysius Gonzaga, and St Helen. This window is dedicated to Thomas Aloysius Perry and his wife Helen (who was the niece of the church’s founder Joseph Knight.

St George Avon Dassett John Hardman stained glass Avon Dassett John Hardman stained glass Avon Dassett John Hardman stained glass Avon Dassett John Hardman stained glass Avon Dassett John Hardman stained glass

THe nave windows are all dedicated to the donors, including the “Death of St Joseph” which is dedicated to the church Founder who died sixteen days after the church was opened in January 1855.

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twycross - holy trinity church Twycross - Holy Trinity church

The Twycross parish chuch of St James, dates from the 14th century with a 15th century tower. The church was restored in 1840 and presented with a number of stained glass panels that had originally come from Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, Saint-Denis near Paris, Le Mans cathederal, and Saint-Julien-du-Sault in Burgundy.

Armorial stained glass willement twycross twycross lord howe memorial Armorial stained glass willement twycross

The church was restored in the 1840s and contains architectural memorials to Lord Howe who sponsored the restoration, and early Victorian armourial stained glass, by Thomas Willement, showing the arms of Queen Adelaide with the 21 German States, and on the south side is a large window with a the arms of the Curzon family as a central piece.

Medieval french stained glass  East window - Twycross East window - Twycross Medieval french stained glass  East window - Twycross

The stained glass in the East window is early French and was originally presented to King William IV who then gave to Lord Howe.

Medieval french stained glass  East window - Twycross St Chapelle stained glass panel

Following the French Revolution French churches lost a lot of their original stained glass. Some of it was smashed, whilst other bits were sold off. The two panels above were original in Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, which lost a third of its glass.

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St Mary - Higham Ferrers West Porch - Higham Ferrers Pipe and Tabor Player

The church of St Mary was built between 1220-1280, and extended between 1320-1350. The west porch doorway is recessed, and the tympanum has 13th century roundels depicting biblical stories. Carved into the spandrels of the north west window is a pipe and tabor player, probably of a similar date.

Annunciation roundel medieval carving Jesus amongst the doctors roundel medieval carving

The scenes in the tympanum include the Annunciation, and Jesus amongst the doctors,

Crucifixion roundel medieval carving C13 Three Mary's at the Tomb roundel medieval carving

the crucifixion, and the three Mary’s at the tomb.

St Mary - Higham Ferrers church interior St Mary - Higham Ferrers church interior early English arches

Inside this is a spacious building that used to be a Collegiate Church, the nave arcade is four bays in the Early English style.

Misericord Chichele Arms medieval woodwork Misericord Archbishop Chichele Portrait medieval woodwork

The college in Archbishop Chichele’s time had a master, seven chaplains, four clerks, and six choristers. The misedricords in the choir stalls are carved with a number of designs including the Arms of Archbishop Henry Chichele, and a portait of him with two clerks.

Pelican misericord medieval woodwork misericord medieval woodwork

Other designs feature a Pelican feeding her young with it’s own blood, and other mythical beasts and portraits.

Brass monument c1540 Medieval brass monument Brass monument

The church also contains a number of brass monuments , including a civilian of c1540, a large monument of 4ft 3in figures c1425 to Archbishop Chichele’s brother and wife, and the Henry Denton (1498) chaplain of Chelveston wearing priest vestments.

Brass to Laurence St. Maur Brass to Laurence St. Maur

The most famous monument though, is one of the earliest English brasses and reputed to be the best in England, is that dedicated to Laurence St. Maur (d1337) dean of Hereford. Around his neck is rectangle of cloth embroidered with cinquefoils. He is wearing a liturgical vestment which is heavily embroidered. Above the main figure in the canopy is a group of figures with Abraham seated in the middle and Saint Andrew and St. Peter to the left of him and St. Paul and St. Thomas to the right. The angels on either side of Abraham hold the soul of Laurence St. Maur.

Kemp Tower Stained Glass Shrigley and Hunt stained glass Kemp Tower Stained Glass

The church also contains stained glass windows by Kemp and Tower, and the Lancaster firm of Shrigley and Hunt.

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St Leonard church Aston Le Walls, Northamptonshire St Leonard church Aston Le Walls, Northamptonshire

The church of St. Leonard at Aston le Walls is mostly early C14. The base of the tower is C12/C13, as are the two south aisle windows to the right of the porch which are also early C13. The porch itself is C14 and was restored along with the rest of the church in 1870 and 1881/2 by J.M. Townsend.

Effigy of priest Aston le Walls Alban Butler Brass Aston Le Walls, Northamptonshire

The north wall of the chancel contains an C14 stone effigy of a priest, which is thought to be John de Ardele who was the priest of this church in 1348. There is also a Tudor style brass monument dedicated to Alban Butler (d1609) on the north wall.

Romanesque font Aston Le Walls, Northamptonshire Romanesque font Aston Le Walls

The square stone font is Romanesque and carved with a knot pattern and the Tree of Life.

St Leonard church Aston Le Walls, Northamptonshire Monument to Elizabeth Orme.

At the est of the north aisle is an inscribed tablet of white marble with black Ionic half columns, and bust on top, dedicated to Elizabeth Orme (d1692).

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