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All Saints, Laxton, Northamptonshire

(52°33′12″N, 0°36′0″W)
SP 950 960
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Northamptonshire
now Northamptonshire
  • Ron Baxter

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Feature Sets

All Saints owes a great deal to the restoration by Lord Carbery (d.1894). From the exterior it appears to be a 19thc. church, apart from the late 13thc. W tower and broach spire. Inside, the nave has a three-bay 13thc. S arcade and a 19thc. N arcade. The clerestorey consists of a single central dormer window on each side; clearly an idea of Lord Carbery's. The chancel is 19thc. The S nave doorway, under a porch, is also 19thc. work, but contains reused 12thc. material and is described below. There is no N doorway.


In 1086 Laxton was held by one William. There were only 11/2 hides, and no church or priest was recorded.

Benefice of Bulwick and Blatherwycke with Harringworth and Laxton.


Exterior Features



The form of the capitals, their tall blocks carved with stylised volutes and randomly-applied decorative motifs, suggests a date around 1100 for this work. Nothing very close survives nearby, although similarly attenuated volute capitals are found at Blatherwycke.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, Harmondsworth, 1961, rev. by B. Cherry, 1973, 289.
RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the County of Northampton, VI. Architectural monuments in N Northamptonshire, London, 1986, 106-08.