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St James the Apostle, Paulerspury, Northamptonshire

(52°6′11″N, 0°57′21″W)
SP 716 455
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Northamptonshire
now Northamptonshire
  • Kathryn Morrison

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Feature Sets

Paulerspury comprises a W tower, and an aisled and clerestoreyed nave with N and S porches and an Early English chancel with a two-bay chapel on its N side. Apart from the tower it was largely rebuilt in the 1840s.


Paulerspury was held by Robert from William Peverel in 1086, the estate including a priest. This Robert also held Great Houghton and South Wingfield, and all three were later held by a family called de Paveley, presumably descendants. Geoffrey de Paveley gave rents from Paulersbury to the abbey of St James, near Northampton, in the reign of Henry II. Walter, parson of Paulersbury, is recorded as a witness in the late 12thc. The advowson remained with the manor until the mid-18thc., when it passed to New College, Oxford.

Benefice of Silverstone and Abthorpe with Slapton and Whittlebury and Paulerspury.





The font is a product of the workshop from St Peter's, Northampton, active in the 1140s and '50s. Other fonts by these sculptors are found in the county at Green's Norton, Harpole, Dodford, Tiffield and Weedon Lois, and nearby at Maids' Moreton (Bucks).

RCHME Report, uncatalogued.
Victoria County History: Northamptonshire, V (2002), 245-89. see also British History Online, http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=22788, (5 April 2005).
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, I, 312-14.
H. P. Maguire, 'A Twelfth-Century workshop in Northampton', Gesta, 9, 1970, 11-25.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Northamptonshire,Harmondsworth, 1961, rev. by B. Cherry, 1973, 371.
R. W. Skears, The Church of St James the Great, Paulerspury, (undated church guide).