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St Peter, King's Sutton, Northamptonshire

(52°33′44″N, 0°30′57″W)
King's Sutton
TL 007 971
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Northamptonshire
now Northamptonshire
medieval St Paul and St Peter
now St Paul and St Peter
  • Ron Baxter

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The church has a tall W tower with a slender spire supported by delicate flying buttresses and decorated with pinnacles and crockets. This late 14thc. work, described by Pevsner as 'one of the finest, if not the finest, spire in this county of spires'. It was partly rebuilt in 1898 and repaired in 1968. To the W of the tower is a Perpendicular porch. The nave aisles extend W alongside the tower. The N nave arcade dates from around 1300, and the S arcade has the same tall, spacious proportions, but in this the piers and arches of a 12thc. arcade have been reused. The chancel arch is also c.1300, but the chancel itself is 12thc., with internal wall-arcading, much restored and with arches that are entirely 19thc., and an external corbel table, completely reset. The font is 12thc., simple and unusually wide.


This important manor was held by the king in 1086. Godwine the priest and Wulfwine also held land from the king here, and there was income from a market. The royal minster may have dated from the 7thc., but the earliest document that mentions it is a grant augmenting Ranulph Flambard's prebend at Lincoln (1110-22)

Benefice of King's Sutton and Newbottle and Charlton.


Exterior Features

Exterior Decoration

Corbel tables, corbels

Interior Features



Interior Decoration

Blind arcades




What remains points to a major 12thc. church, and unusual efforts to preserve many of its features were clearly made in the remodelling of 1300.

G. Baker, The History and Antiquities of the County of Northampton. 2 vols, London, 1822-41, I, 699-701.
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, 179-80.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Northamptonshire. Harmondsworth 1961, rev. B. Cherry 1973, 278-79.
RCHME Report, uncatalogued.