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Rockingham, St Leonard

Stunning village church in Rockingham

The medieval church was destroyed during the siege of Rockingham Castle in the civil war as was the village that then surrounded it. The present building is on the same site and largely dates from the nineteenth century.

It is a spectacular position with fine views over the Welland valley. It is well worth the pilgrimage up the steep path from the village road. Internally it’s chief draw is the funerary chapel to members of the Watson family, Earl Sondes. The chapel was created in 1873 and monuments dating back to the 16th / 17th centuries and onwards were reassembled here. Many and various they include fine works, often on an heroic scale, by John Nost, William Palmer, Delvaux and Scheemakers, Rysbrack and Paine.

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Contact & Opening Times

St Leonards, Main St, Rockingham, Northamptonshire, LE16 8TH|
[email protected]|

Opening Times


The church is open at the same times as the castle is open. (See Historic Houses - Rockingham Castle). 


At other times get in touch with contact below

The church lies close to a Country House which offers a restaurant and is open to the public. For opening times, please look at the Historic Houses section of our website under Rockingham.

Contact Details


Key obtainable from:

Trevor Burbridge – 01536 700650

Bradley and Donna Winch – 01536 771023

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