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St Mary the Virgin, Wappenham, Northamptonshire

(52°6′21″N, 1°5′19″W)
SP 625 457
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Northamptonshire
now Northamptonshire
  • Ron Baxter

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Feature Sets

St Mary's has a three-bay aisled nave with no clerestorey. The N arcade is round-headed and 13thc.; the S, with pointed arches and octagonal piers, 14-15thc. N and S nave doorways are under porches. The chancel is broad with windows of c.1300, but its arch is early 13thc. with an unusual mix of stiff-leaf and moulded capitals. The W tower is tall, slender and Perpendicular. Construction is of stone rubble, part-rendered. Pevsner considers the old font to be a Norman piece and it is therefore included. The operational font is certainly later, dated by Pevsner to the 1660s.


Wappenham was held by Giles, the brother of Ansculf in 1086. A priest was recorded at that time.

Benefice of Helmdon with Stuchbury and Radstone, and Syresham with Whitfield, Lois Weedon with Weston and Plumpton and Wappenham.





N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Northamptonshire, Harmondsworth, 1961, rev. by B. Cherry 1973, 441f.