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All Saints, Pytchley, Northamptonshire

(52°21′52″N, 0°44′18″W)
SP 860 748
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Northamptonshire
now Northamptonshire
  • Ron Baxter

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Pytchley is a village in central Northamptonshire, 2 miles S of Kettering in undulating farmland. The village clusters round a crossing of minor roads with the church in the centre. All Saints' has a four-bay aisled nave with clerestoreys. The S arcade is all of the late 13thc., with pointed arches, quatrefoil piers and foliage capitals. The first two bays of the N arcade are similar in date, but bays 3 and 4 are 12thc. The N aisle has been widened, and has a small chapel or deep niche in its N wall. The 13thc. S doorway is under a porch. The chancel is broad and appears mostly 19thc., but the date 1755 inscribed on a buttress at the SE corner suggests that the E end is an earlier rebuild. There is a blocked 13thc. door in the N wall and 14thc. sedilia. The W tower was originally of three storeys, and of the late-12thc.-13thc. It was unbuttressed and of rubble with ironstone quoins. A clasping buttress was added at the SW angle, and iron clamps have been installed around the lower parts. The top storey had triple bell-openings, but these were blocked and a Perpendicular ashlar storey was added, with double bell-openings and a parapet with finials. The church was extensively restored in 1843 (chancel arch and E wall of the N aisle rebuilt) and 1861 (chancel renewed). The only Romanesque sculpture is in the N nave arcade.


In 1086 Azo had two holdings from Peterborough Abbey, totalling 6 hides and 3 virgates. Three virgates were held by Fulcher from the Count of Mortain, and 2 virgates by William. No church was recorded in any of these holdings. Peterborough Abbey and Launde Priory were in dispute over Pytchley church in 1185-87 about the right to a pension. Pytchley church was listed among Peterborough Abbey's possessions in 1227.


Interior Features



Similar capitals with running scrolls and green men at the angles appear at Isham and Aldwincle.

RCHME Report, uncatalogued.
Victoria County History: Northamptonshire, IV (1937), 211-12.
J. Bridges, The History and Antiquities of Northamptonshire, (Compiled from the manuscript collections of the late learned antiquary J.Bridges, Esq., by the Rev. Peter Whalley). Oxford 1791, II, 124-25.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, Harmondsworth 1961, rev. B. Cherry 1973, 379-80.