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Northampton, St James

Victorian church in Northampton

St James may be the finest late 19th century polychrome church in the county. It exhibits all the qualities of a muscular Christian church built for the town’s increasing artisan population during the last quarter of 19th century.

It was designed by Robert Wheeler and building work commenced in 1868. In form it adopts the Early English style, but this is greatly enhanced by the architect’s brilliant orchestration of building materials.

Externally, it is predominantly red brick with stone dressings rising almost shockingly from St James’ Rd, now a busy thoroughfare leading into Northampton from the west. It is unmissable.

Internally it is even richer. Here Wheeler deploys red and black bricks creating strong geometric patterns on the walls. His stunted columns are in polished pink granite. The near contemporary pulpit takes up the chromatic theme – beige and green marbles on a limestone and brick base. It was not until 1924 that the church was completed and the tower designed by G. H. Stevenson was built.

Please refer to the Glossary for any terms in the text that you are unfamiliar with.

Contact & Opening Times

Northampton, St James, St James’ Road, Northampton, NN5 5LE|
[email protected]|

Opening Times

The church is normally locked but open Saturday mornings, see below for contact details.


The church lies close to Northampton railway station and Northampton Saints RFC. 


Contact Details

Churchwarden: John Oxborough

Email: [email protected]


If the church is locked, please contact Rev. Sue Faulkner – 07786265422 or the church warden – 07486545842

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