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St Mary, Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire

(52°21′56″N, 0°40′30″W)
Burton Latimer
SP 903 750
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Northamptonshire
now Northamptonshire
medieval Our Lady
now St Mary
  • Ron Baxter

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Feature Sets

St Mary's is a substantial church with an aisled and clerestoreyed nave, a late-13thc. chancel (restored in 1866-68) with a S vestry of 1882 and an octagonal parish room added to the S of this in 1984, and a 13thc. W tower with a 14thc. embattled parapet and spire. Pevsner's analysis suggests that the original church was cruciform, on the basis of the nook-shafted respond of N arcade, pier 3. The tower and spire were entirely rebuilt in 1866-68 by W. Slater, and the rest of the church restored. Romanesque interest centres on the nave arcades, each of six bays with part of a seventh at the W. The three E bays of both arcades are of c.1300, with tall pointed arches and quatrefoil piers. Then, on the S the three and a half western bays, with their round-headed arches, and the three western piers, cylindrical with scallop capitals, are all 12thc. The N arcade is more complex, since only bay 4 is round-headed, and the western bays are pointed with 13thc. stiff-leaf capitals. Pevsner described the exterior as 'much too restored'.


The bulk of Burton Latimer, 81/2 hides, was held by Guy de Raimbeaucourt in 1086. A smaller holding of 11/2 hides was held by Richard from the Bishop of Coutances. Neither parcel included a church or a priest.

Dedication to Our Lady recorded in 1510.


Interior Features



RCHME Report, uncatalogued.
Victoria County History: Northamptonshire, III (1930), 183-86.
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, 224f.
J. H. Parker, Architectural Notices of the Churches of the Archdeaconry of Northampton, London and Oxford, 1849, 143-48.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, Harmondsworth, 1961, rev. by B. Cherry, 1973.
R. M. Serjeantson and H. I. Longden, 'The Parish Churches and Religious Houses of Northamptonshire: their dedications, altars, images and lights', Archaeological Journal, 70, ns 20 (1913), 293.