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Clipston, All Saints

Church in Clipston

It is perhaps the tall tripartite windows which puncture the southern façade of the building that most characterise this 13th century church. Put in about two hundred years after the original structure they flood the interior with light. Otherwise the exterior is concomitant with the early Middle Ages especially in it’s receding tower topped by a stumpy spire. All in a harmonious mixture of limestone and ironstone.

Internally the church exhibits architectural details of many different periods – round columns with ringed capitals breaking into gothic arches etc. From the 19th century Victorian restoration comes the stained-glass windows, the organ, the chancel setting and most obviously the corbel head on the tower depicting Queen Victoira herself. You will also find sculpted monuments to local families Buswells, Wartnabys and Wilfords. Of these the Buswell are the most interesting – George Buswell (d. 1632) holding a book; John (d.1659) with bust contained in a niche; and Sir George ( d.1668) who is welcomed into heaven by a host of cherubs. It was he who founded the hospital for old people and the village school which stands opposite the church, in 1673. Finally Elizabeth Buswell (d.1636) in the north aisle with it’s macabre symbols in the frieze of her tomb chest. As you leave do not miss the god Elizabethan screen beneath the tower.

On Wednesdays you can take advantage of the excellent café which is “popped” up on the church. Outside in the church yard you can discover the memorial to General Mayow who took part in the famous Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava.

Plans are afoot to establish a church trail here linking Clipston to Naseby, Kelmarsh and Haselbech churches taking in the site of the Battle of Naseby, 1644.

Contact & Opening Times

Church Lane, Clipston, Northampton, LE16 9RW|
[email protected]|


The church welcomes visitors at all times. It is open always on Wednesday mornings 9am – 12. Outside that time please make arrangements with Steve Carpenter above



Steve Carpenter, Church Warden 07722 887153, [email protected]


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