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St Mary the Virgin, Woodford Halse, Northamptonshire

(52°10′18″N, 1°12′26″W)
Woodford Halse
SP 543 529
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Northamptonshire
now Northamptonshire
  • Ron Baxter

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Feature Sets

St Mary's is an ashlar church with aisled and clerestoreyed nave, Wtower and chancel with N vestry. The nave doorways date fromc.1300; that on the S has a porch, but on the N the doorway now gives access from the church to a small kitchen and lavatory block added in 1999. The tower has diagonal buttresses and reticulated bell-openings indicating an early 14thc. date, and the chancel belongs to the same period. The N nave arcade is generally early 13thc., but one of its capitals is either a reused 12thc. piece or very old-fashioned indeed. The S arcade is 14-15thc. There was a restoration in 1877-78 by Albert Hartshorne of Pinner, when the church was rebuilt except for most of the chancel, the nave arcades, and most of the nave S wall. The rogue capital in the N arcade is all that is described here.


Woodford Halse was held by Richard from Hugh de Grandmesnil in 1086. No church was recorded at that time.

Benefice of Woodford Halse with Eydon.


Interior Features



Stylistically the capital of pier 3 of the N arcade is not much earlier than the rest, but it is earlier, and the base of the pier is irregular too. This does not necessarily imply an earlier date, but it is included on stylistic grounds.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Northamptonshire. Harmondsworth 1961, rev. B. Cherry 1973, 468.