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St Andrew, Cotterstock, Northamptonshire

(52°30′11″N, 0°27′21″W)
TL 049 906
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Northamptonshire
now Northamptonshire
medieval St Andrew
now St Andrew
  • Kathryn Morrison

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Feature Sets

Cotterstock is in the N of the county, a mile N of Oundle. It is a crossing point of the river Nene, but consists of little more than the church, a hall, a mill and a few houses ranged along a minor road. The church is alongside the river and has a W tower, an aisled nave with a vaulted south porch, and a large three-bay Decorated chancel. The only 12thc. feature is the re-set W tower doorway.


In 1086 Cotterstock was held by two knights from the Abbot of Peterborough. No church was noted. In 1337 John Gifford, a former rector of the church and a canon of York, founded a college at Cotterstock, effectively a large royal chantry, endowing it with the manor and the advowson of the church, among other possessions.


Exterior Features



The W doorway of the tower appears to have been re-set. The segmental shape of the arch is uncharacteristic of the period, and several voussoirs show signs of trimming. It probably dates from c.1150-70.

Victoria County History: Northamptonshire, II (1906), 79-83, 166-70 (on Cotterstock college).
Anon. (H.L.), A Short Account of St Andrew's Church, Cotterstock Northamptonshire, 1956, und. reprint.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, Harmondsworth 1961, rev. B. Cherry 1973, 160.
RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the County of Northampton, VI. Architectural monuments in North Northamptonshire, London 1986, 37-40.