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St Mary, Duddington, Northamptonshire

(52°35′48″N, 0°32′34″W)
SK 988 009
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Northamptonshire
now Northamptonshire
  • Ron Baxter

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St Mary's has a nave with three-bay aisles and a clerestorey. The two E bays of the N arcade are round-headed with scallop capitals and chevron on the arches, c.1150-70. The corresponding bays on the S are slightly later, with waterleaf and chamfered arch orders. The third bay on each side is an addition of c.1225. The tower stands at the E end of the S aisle, the bay below it now housing the organ. It is later 12thc. in its lower parts, with a simple S doorway and a plain window above. The S nave doorway is late 12thc. and stands under a porch. The N porch has been blocked and converted into a vestry. The chancel is described by Pevsner as 'an over-restoration of 1844.' Romanesque sculpture is found in the E bays of both arcades, the two S doorways and the S tower window.


One hide at Duddington belonged to the royal manor of Gretton in 1086, and a priest was recorded on this land (although RCHME Report, uncatalogued suggests that he may have been the priest of Gretton). The chapel at Duddington was mentioned in a bull of Eugenius III to Lincoln Cathedral in 1146. In 1246 the church was possessed by the vicar of Gretton.


Exterior Features



Interior Features



Waterleaf capitals similar to those in the S arcade are found at nearby Warmington. The arrangement of the doorway is most unusual; it may be a reset porch entrance.


Victoria County History: Northamptonshire. II (1906)

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, 442-43.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Northamptonshire. Harmondsworth 1961, rev. B. Cherry 1973, 194-95.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the County of Northampton, VI. Architectural monuments in N Northamptonshire, London 1986, 44-46.

RCHME Report, uncatalogued.