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All Saints, Sutton Bassett, Northamptonshire

(52°30′21″N, 0°51′50″W)
Sutton Bassett
SP 772 904
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Northamptonshire
now Northamptonshire
  • Ron Baxter

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All Saints' is a small two-cell aisleless church with a double bell-cote in the W gable. The nave has a 12thc. S doorway, much restored, and there is a small plain 12thc. window in the N wall of the chancel. The chancel arch responds and capitals are early 12thc., but the arch has been replaced with a pointed head. The interior, including the sculpture, is coated with a thick layer of whitewash. The church was restored in 1861, and the chancel E wall, the nave N wall and the chancel arch completely rebuilt.


Robert de Bucy held one hide and two parts of half a hide at Sutton Bassett in 1086, and four sokemen of Countess Judith held half a hide and the third part of half a hide. In neither holding was there a church or a priest recorded.

Benefice of Stoke Albany with Wilbarston and Ashley with Won-by-Welland and Sutton Bassett.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

Pevsner notes that the diapering of the S doorway has parallels at Peterborough cathedral (after 1118), and it may be noted that the horseshoe arch does too. The chancel arch is more interesting, and perhaps late 11thc. rather than 12thc. Early bulbous bases also appear in the county at Pitsford and Barton Seagrave, both of which also contain simplified animal carving not dissimilar to that on the chancel arch capitals here. RCHME asserts that its status as a dependent chapel is confirmed by the absence of a graveyard.

RCHME Report, uncatalogued.
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, II, 361.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, Harmondsworth, 1961, rev. by B. Cherry, 1973, 422.