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Byfield – Holy Cross.

   Posted by: churches    in Daventry District, Northamptonshire

Holy Cross - Byfield Holy Cross - Byfield

Built of Limestone with sandstone dressings this is mainly a C14/C15 church in the Decorated style. The upper part of the tower is in the Perpendicular style with battlements and a recessed spire.

Holy Cross - Byfield Holy Cross - Byfield

Detail Presentation of the Lord Nunc dimittis Song of Simeon tower Detail stained glass song Simeon holding Jesus in his arms

The church contains a number of staimed glass windows by the major designers of the age. Including the work above by Tower (1928) of Simeon taking Jesus into his arms.

Stained glass by Kempe (1897) - Byfield Stained glass crucifixion Hardman Byfield Stained glass by Powell and sons

Other windows contain a Christ in Majesty with St Thomas, St Anne, and St George by Kempe, a Crucifixion by Hardman, and a work by Powell & sons depicting Mary Magdalen, the mother of James, and Salome at the tomb.

St. Thomas by Kempe St. Anne teaching the virgin to read by Kempe St George by Kempe

Lower panels of south aisle east window by Kempe, these are represenations of St Thomas, St Ann and the Virgin, and St George.

detail east window by Burlison & Grylls East window by Burlison & Grylls - Byfield detail east window by Burlison & Grylls

The east window is by Burlison & Grylls which tells the Easter story in nine panels.

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St John the Baptist - Upper Boddington St John the Baptist - Upper Boddington

St. John the Baptist is built of Limestone and Shale and dates from the C13 and C14, with the addition of a C17 porch. The chancel arch is double chamfered chancel arch and 4 bayed nave.

St John the Baptist - Upper Boddington St John the Baptist - Upper Boddington Corbel head - Upper Boddington

The west tower and door are C14 as are the corbel heads in the nave roof.

St John the Baptist detail St John the Baptist St John the Baptist detail

North aisle stained glass featuring decapitation of John the Baptist.

East window - Upper Boddington East window - Upper Boddington

East window.

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