All Saints, Naseby, Northamptonshire

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All Saints' has an aisled and clerestoreyed nave with four-bay arcades. The three eastern bays of the S arcade are early 13thc., with quatrefoil piers and stiff-leaf capitals. The W bay is 14thc. and was added at the same time as the tower. The four-bay Narcade and the Naisle windows are of c.1320. The arcade also has quatrefoil piers, but with moulded capitals. The lower parts of the N arcade piers were encased in neo-classical plinths, perhaps in the 18thc. The nave has N and S doorways under porches. The present chancel dates from 1830. The W tower is 14thc. in its lower parts and Perpendicular above. The original spire was left unfinished, and the present one, recessed behind a battlement and equipped with three rows of lucarnes and a liberal application of crockets, dates from the restoration of 1859-60 by W. Slater. The only Romanesque sculpture is found on the font.


Naseby was held by William Peverel in 1086. A priest was recorded at that time.

Benefice of Clipston with Naseby and Haselbech with Kelmarsh.




In the S aisle, W of the S doorway. The bowl is cylindrical with a heavy chamfered projection marking its lower rim, and the surface carved with arcading in 12 round-headed bays. The capitals are simple trapezia, and in the arch spandrels are inverted lilies. The bowl is lined with lead, the lining turned over the rim. Each bay of the arcade is carved with a simple floral motif, described below, starting at the E and going anticlockwise. Bay 1 (E). Cross patonce 2. Square flower with a pair of short petals at each angle, projecting like angle buttresses, and a circular central boss.

3. Daisy with large central boss.

4. Wheel-like circular flower with four petals, apparently rotating.

5. Drilled quatrefoil within a quatrefoil.

6. As 4 but with six petals.

7. Daisy with central boss and eight rotating petals surrounded by an annular rim.

8. Octofoil with fluted petals with scalloped edges and drilled centre.

9. As 4 but with five petals.

10. Flattened disc with six radiating petals.

11. As 4.

12. Flattenened disc with eight radiating petals.

The cylindrical pedestal and moulded base are modern.

ext. diam. of bowl 0.73 m
h. of bowl 0.50 m
int. diam. of bowl 0.53 m
overall h. of font 1.05 m


No similar font appears elsewhere in the county. The floral motifs suggest a date in the second half of the 12thc.


  • J. H. Parker, Architectural Notices of the Churches of the Archdeaconry of Northampton, London and Oxford 1849, 239f.
  • N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, Harmondsworth, 1961, rev. by B. Cherry, 1973, 309.
Exterior from NE.
Interior to E.
Interior to W.


Site Location
National Grid Reference
SP 689 781 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Northamptonshire
now: Northamptonshire
medieval: Lincoln (Dorchester to 1085)
now: Peterborough
medieval: All Hallows (1514)
now: All Saints
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Ron Baxter