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Holy Trinity, Hinton-in-the-Hedges, Northamptonshire

(52°1′39″N, 1°11′17″W)
SP 558 369
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Northamptonshire
now Northamptonshire
  • Ron Baxter

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The nave has areas of herringbone masonry in its W wall to either side of the tower, which suggests a date before c.1100. The tower itself is 12thc., unbuttressed and of rubble. Apart from the 12thc. features described here it has a plain round-headed window in the W wall, ground storey. A two-bay N aisle was added to the nave towards the end of the 12thc. The chancel is basically 13thc. but much restored. It has a N vestry. There was a major restoration by S. I. Neuman in 1976-90, but certainly a 19thc. one before that. Features included here are the tower bell-openings and corbels, the tower arch the N arcade, and a font that must be 13thc. but retains some 12thc. features.


Hinton-in-the-Hedges was held by Arnold from Geoffrey de Mandeville in 1086. No church was recorded at that time, and indeed the earliest reference to the church dates from c.1200, when Simon, capellanus de Hinton witnessed the grant of the chapel at Croughton to the hospital at Aynho.

Benefice of Aynho and Croughton with Evenley and Farthinghoe and Hinton-in-the-Hedges with Steane.


Exterior Features


Exterior Decoration

Corbel tables, corbels

Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches






The font must date from c.1190-1210, and Pevsner describes it as 13thc., but it is an interesting case of early 13thc. forms (stiff-leaf and dogtooth) combined with traditional 12thc. intersecting arcading and applied to a standard 12thc. shape of bowl. It may usefully be compared with the font at East Haddon and especially that at Magdalen College, Brackley.

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.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Northamptonshire. Harmondsworth 1961, rev. B. Cherry 1973, 259-60.
RCHME Report, uncatalogued.