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St Peter, Weedon Bec, Northamptonshire

(52°13′41″N, 1°4′28″W)
Weedon Bec
SP 633 593
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Northamptonshire
now Northamptonshire
  • Ron Baxter

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The only medieval part still standing is the W tower. To the E of this, the nave dates from 1825 and the chancel from 1863 (E. F. Law). The curious arrangement of the nave, with wide aisles carried on timber piers flanking a low barrel-vaulted central vessel, is attributed to the 1860s by Pevsner. An octagonal parish room, known as the Chapter House, was added to the north side of the nave in 1989. The unbuttressed stone rubble tower has three 12thc. storeys and a later battlement. Original features are the plain, narrow lancets of the second storey, the bell-openings, and the rebuilt tower arch.


The main holding of 3½ hides, including a priest, was in the hands of Hugh de Grandmesnil in 1086. One Alan also held a half-hide from the Count of Mortain.

Benefice of Weedon Bec with Everdon and Dodford.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches

The bell-opening capitals are largely replacements, and indeed it would be unusual if all were the same in the original design. The 19thc. restorers were presumably copying something original, however, and this form, along with the chamfered orders and tower arch imposts, suggests a date for the tower in the last quarter of the 12thc.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Northamptonshire. Harmondsworth 1961, rev. B. Cherry 1973, 447-48.