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St Nicholas, Potterspury, Northamptonshire

(52°4′54″N, 0°53′21″W)
SP 762 432
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Northamptonshire
now Northamptonshire
  • Kathryn Morrison

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Feature Sets

Potterspury church comprises a square, mid-15thc. W tower, a nave with N and S aisles and a square chancel. The three-bay nave arcades are largely 14thc., but the N arcade includes a circular pier with a scallop capital. A piscina and sedilia uncovered on the S side of the chancel in 1991 includes 13thc. waterleaf capitals sprouting crockets, cusped arches and dogtooth. This is too late for inclusion, but the N nave arcade, of the later 12thc., is described below. The church was restored in 1847-48 to designs by R. C. Hussey.


The Domesday Survey records two holdings in Potterspury in 1086. Henry de Ferrers held more than 3 hides, and William Peverel held slightly more than 1 hide from the Countess Judith. The presence of a priest on the de Ferrers holding implies a church too. The manor stayed in the Ferrers family, in the persons of Robert (1138-39), his son, also Robert (1139-62), and the latter's son and grandson, both called William, which covers the period to the 1240s. Henry de Ferrers gave part of the demesne tithes to Tutbury Priory as a foundation gift at the end of the 11thc., and the gift was confirmed by his grandson Robert in the 1150s. At some point the advowson passed to the abbey of Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives, which presented Silvester de Everden to the living in 1219.

Benefice of Potterspury with Furtho and Yardley Gobion with Cosgrove and Wicken.


Interior Features



The N arcade probably dates from the second half of the 12thc. While the label stop above the pier 2 of the N arcade appears to be in-situ, the head in the spandrel over pier 1 does not. Stylistically it is quite different from the label stop, and it may represent a fragment of an effigy.

RCHME Report, uncatalogued.
Victoria County History: Northamptonshire, V (2002), 289-345. See also Biritish History Online, http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=22789 (5 April 2005).
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, I, 316-18.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, Harmondsworth, 1961, rev. by B. Cherry, 1973, 376f.