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All Saints, Polebrook, Northamptonshire

(52°28′16″N, 0°25′39″W)
TL 069 871
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Northamptonshire
now Northamptonshire
  • Kathryn Morrison

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The church comprises an aisled nave, having a tower with a stone spire on its SW bay, N and S transepts and a square-ended chancel. Romanesque sculpture is found on the S doorway, the arches to the chancel and the N transept, the N nave arcade, and a length of string course and a corbel reused as a water spout on the N porch.


In 1086 four hides were held by men of Peterbourough Abbey, one virgate by Geoffrey and the remainder by Eustace. A further hide and a virgate was held by Alvred from Eustace (presumably not the same Eustace), and there was a priest on this holding.

Benefice of Polebrook and Lutton with Hemington and Luddington.


Exterior Features


Exterior Decoration

String courses
Corbel tables, corbels

Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches
Tower/Transept arches



The round-headed N nave arcade, N transept arch and chancel arch appear to be contemporary. In all three, the abaci of the capitals, and the impost blocks above them, are stepped to carry two orders of arch. Two types of capital appear: plain waterleaf capitals and crocket capitals. The latter still bear a close resemblance to Norman volute capitals, and have neither the attenuated proportions nor the salient crockets associated with more developed 13thc.forms. This work can be dated c.1180. The S doorway opens into the 13thc. S aisle, but may be reused.

Victoria County History: Northamptonshire, III (1930).
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Northamptonshire,Harmondsworth, 1961, rev. by B. Cherry, 1973, 375f.
RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the County of Northampton, VI. Architectural monuments in Northamptonshire, London, 1986, 131-34.