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St Mary, Bozeat, Northamptonshire

(52°13′24″N, 0°40′25″W)
SP 907 592
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Northamptonshire
now Northamptonshire
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Ron Baxter

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St Mary's has an aisled, three-bay clerestoreyed nave with 14thc. arcades, an aisleless chancel and a W tower with a broach spire having two rows of lucarnes. The N doorway is plain, and the elaborate 13thc. S doorway is covered by a porch. A vestry has been added to the N of the tower. The church is constructed of roughly shaped grey stone with remains of mortar render on the chancel. The spire collapsed in 1877, and the tower was rebuilt in 1880-83. Romanesque interest centres on the three-storey tower and its arch. A 12thc. S window survives on the first storey, and the third-storey bell-openings are also 12thc. in design, although not all are original. Traces of beading survive on a stone reused in the fabric of the chancel.


In 1086 Countess Judith held two hides in Bozeat, all let to tenants, and a further 1½ virgates were held by William Peverel as part of his manor of Higham Ferrers. No church was mentioned at that time.

Benefice of Bozeat with Easton Maudit.


Exterior Features


Exterior Decoration


Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches

The bell-openings are very similar to those at nearby Yardley Hastings.

Victoria County History: Northamptonshire. IV (1937), 3-7.
Anon., A Guide to the Parish Church of St Mary, Bozeat, undated.
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, 160-62.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Northamptonshire. Harmondsworth 1961, rev. B. Cherry 1973, 115.
RCHME, Report, uncatalogued.