Archive for October, 2011


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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