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.

Tags: , ,

This entry was posted on Sunday, October 23rd, 2011 at 12:03 am and is filed under Daventry District, Northamptonshire. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

3 comments so far


Many thanks for featuring our church – fine photos.
I would point out, however, that we do not, as a rule, carry out ‘lynchings’ in Cold Ashby.
It’s a Lych gate and we’re really quite friendly!


Ashby Rambler

January 8th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Thanks. I’ll make the changes. I can be hopeless at the speeling. If there is anything else I’ve missed or misstated please let me know.

January 8th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

 Thanks, I can be quite hopeless at the speeling at times :). Anyway I’ve made the correction. If there is anything else I’ve misstated or got wrong please let me know. Also if you want to use the photos for any purpose then do so.

January 8th, 2013 at 6:20 pm