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Rushden, St Mary

Rushden, St Mary

One of the outstanding late medieval churches in the county. Whilst there remains evidence of an earlier church what you largely see today dates from the early 1400’s.

On the outside a supremely confident and well proportioned tower banded in limestone and ironstone topped by a crocheted spire. Also, large triangular headed windows along the nave and a battlemented roof line to nave and chancel.

Internally it is the rhythm of the gothic arches and the wonderful stone tracery of the soaring strainer arch across the nave that first absorbs your attention.

The south chapel commissioned by Hugh Bocler and his wife Julian of the same period is particularly fine. Note the angel supports to both it’s roof and that in the nave. Remains of 15th century stained glass, a pulpit, screens and doors also from this time. The principal tombs are those to the Pemberton family and date from the early 17th century – Robert Pemberton (d.1608), kneeling figures; and Sir Goddard Pemberton (d.1616) reclining in gilded armour under an heraldic arch.

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Contact & Opening Times

Rushden, St Marys, High St, Rushden, NN10 0PG|
[email protected]|

Opening Times

The church normally open, see below for contact details.


Contact Details

To be certain of access please contact one of the following:

Rev. Stephen Prior – 01933 312554 – The Rectory, Rectory Road, Rushden, NN10 0HA – [email protected]


Philip Nightingale

Email: [email protected]


Natasha Brady – 01933 311029 – [email protected]


Church Office – 01933 412235 – Lower Church Hall Office, Rushden – [email protected]

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