The architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner described this tower as ‘unmistakably Saxon’ and there are certainly some architectural elements that give us this impression: several Saxon stones with carved faces have been used as part of the tower’s construction. These are grave markers and parts of standing crosses with no relationship to each other, which must have been placed here at a later date. The origin of the stones remains of great interest.
Only a handful of comparable churches with Saxon origins exist in Northamptonshire – at Brigstock, Brixworth, Geddington and Earls Barton – so sources of potential information about this building type are few and precious. Also, being of such great age, these churches have often been extensively changed over time. We are therefore hoping that our study here might add to our understanding of the county’s Saxon churches and their development.
In addition, we are hoping to be able to work alongside the community to deliver a series of outreach projects in order to leave the parish with a legacy that improves their understanding of this fascinating church.