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St Mary, Tichmarsh, Northamptonshire

(52°24′27″N, 0°29′56″W)
TL 022 799
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Northamptonshire
now Northamptonshire
  • Ron Baxter

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Feature Sets

From the outside St Mary's has all the appearance of a classic Perpendicular church: faced in ashlar with a W tower with mullioned and transomed windows, quatrefoil friezes and crocketed finials; a clerestoreyed nave with great four-centred windows to aisle and main vessel; similar fenestration to the chancel, and battlements throughout. Thomas Gryndall bequeathed money towards the building of the tower in 1474. Within, however, the nave arcades are seen to be 13thc. and the chancel has a N chapel of similar date with a 19thc. vestry leading off it. The chancel S doorway is an unobtrusive 13thc. opening, quite plain on the outside, but remodelled within to accommodate an arch of reused chevron voussoirs. This is the only Romanesque feature of the church.


In 1086 Tichmarsh was held by Azelin from the Abbot of Peterborough. No church was recorded.

Benefice of Barnwell with Tichmarsh, Thurning and Clopton.


Exterior Features



N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Northamptonshire, Harmondsworth, 1961, rev. by B. Cherry 1973, 432-33.