St Mary the Virgin, Wappenham, Northamptonshire

Feature Sets (2)

Description

St Mary's has a three-bay aisled nave with no clerestorey. The N arcade is round-headed and 13thc.; the S, with pointed arches and octagonal piers, 14-15thc. N and S nave doorways are under porches. The chancel is broad with windows of c.1300, but its arch is early 13thc. with an unusual mix of stiff-leaf and moulded capitals. The W tower is tall, slender and Perpendicular. Construction is of stone rubble, part-rendered. Pevsner considers the old font to be a Norman piece and it is therefore included. The operational font is certainly later, dated by Pevsner to the 1660s.

History

Wappenham was held by Giles, the brother of Ansculf in 1086. A priest was recorded at that time.

Benefice of Helmdon with Stuchbury and Radstone, and Syresham with Whitfield, Lois Weedon with Weston and Plumpton and Wappenham.

Features

Furnishings

Fonts

Standing by the S doorway, which is no longer used. The bowl is a mortar, unlined, which could date from any period, and it is supported by a rough-hewn staddle-stone mortared to a rectangular slab base, which in turn stands on a pair of wooden beams. Pevsner describes the font as 'Norman, circular, with two defaced knob-like heads.' The 'heads' are simply lugs.

Dimensions
ext. diam. at rim (E-W) 0.61 m
ext. diam. at rim (N-S) 0.61 m
h. of bowl 0.40 m
int. diam. at rim 0.42 m

Comments/Opinions

Bibliography

  • N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Northamptonshire, Harmondsworth, 1961, rev. by B. Cherry 1973, 441f.

Location

Site Location
Wappenham
National Grid Reference
SP 625 457 
Boundaries
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Northamptonshire
now: Northamptonshire
Diocese
medieval: Lincoln (Dorchester to 1085)
now: Peterborough
Dedication
now: St Mary the Virgin
medieval: not confirmed
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Ron Baxter