St Mary the Virgin, Wappenham, Northamptonshire

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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.


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.




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.

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



  • N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Northamptonshire, Harmondsworth, 1961, rev. by B. Cherry 1973, 441f.
Exterior from N
Exterior from SE
Interior to E


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