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Badby, St Mary the Virgin

Church in Badby

A church for those who like following up clues. Beautifully set at the heart of the village, from the outside it appears to be a straightforward medieval church until you start to take a longer look. Why is the tower so regular? Why is there a very long run of upper windows? This is a church where things have happened and transformations made since its conception in the 13th century. The tower, for instance, is a fine replacement dating from 1707 which accounts for its rather ordered appearance. Interestingly the altar table, elegant if plain, that dates from the same time can be discovered in the vestry. Once inside the church the long row of windows on either side of the nave give the church an extraordinary lightness. It is clear from the remnants of the former roof, still visible above the chancel arch, that this splendid run of glass (the clerestory – well named) was added in the 15th century.

The church has also recently been improved and restored thanks to the Lottery Fund : also note the new Gothic window surrounds which has also been carried out since the millennium.. This is nearly 140 years after its last restoration which was undertaken by E. K Law and Sons for the Reverend William Scratton. The fine stained-glass window of The Presentation in the Temple is dedicated to his memory. In the chancel you will find some good wall tablets to the family of his predecessor the Reverend Green.

For those who like a good walk this is the starting point for the Knightley Way which will take you to other fine churches such as Fawsley and Canons Ashby.

Contact & Opening Times

Church Hill, Badby, Daventry, NN11 3AR|
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Opening Details

The church is open 9am to 5pm in summer and 10am to 4pm in winter


Contact Details


Frances Williams 07717 337048 

Judy Jordan 07752 384969


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