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St Margaret, Denton, Northamptonshire

(52°12′49″N, 0°46′29″W)
SP 838 580
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Northamptonshire
now Northamptonshire
  • Ron Baxter

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St Margaret's has a large, squarish nave of alternate limestone and ironstone courses, dating from the rebuilding of 1827-28 by Charles Squirhill. This replaced an aisled 13thc. nave, and the W responds of the arcades still remain, along with the S doorway under a medieval porch. Also from the medieval church are the small, square chancel (13thc.) and the W tower (13thc. in its lowest parts). There are vestries to N and S of the chancel, the S a modern addition. Inside the nave the church retains its W gallery, with an organ in the centre and benches to either side. The font may, at a pinch, be 12thc., but is more probably 13thc.


In 1086 Denton was divided between Countess Judith and Ramsey Abbey. No church was recorded.

Benefice of Yardley Hastings, Denton and Grendon with Castle Ashby and Whiston.





Pevsner describes the font as 'circular with bold, coarse, large cross patterns,' and asks 'What is the date?' The paint does not help, but the stepped crosses perhaps point to the 13thc. rather than the 12thc., despite the irregularity of execution.

Victoria County History: Northamptonshire, IV (1937).
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, Harmondsworth, 1961, rev. by B. Cherry, 1973, 183f.