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Church of St Katherine, Irchester

Description: Church of St Katherine

Grade: I
Date Listed: 28 May 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 233473

OS Grid Reference: SP9256466010
OS Grid Coordinates: 492564, 266010
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2844, -0.6445

Location: High Street, Irchester, Northamptonshire NN29 7AA

Locality: Irchester
Local Authority: Wellingborough Borough Council
County: Northamptonshire
Country: England
Postcode: NN29 7AA

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Listing Text

SP96NW (West side)
5/191 Church of St. Katherine


Church. Late C12, C13 and C14. Regular coursed limestone with ironstone and
ashlar dressings, tower is banded limestone and ironstone ashlar; lead roofs.
Aisled nave, chancel, south porch and west tower. South elevation of chancel of
3-window range with one 2-light Perpendicular window to far right and two
3-light Perpendicular windows with 4-centred heads and carved label stops. South
door between windows has trefoil head and carved label stops. All openings
restored C19. Steep gabled roof with ashlar, cornice, gable parapets and finial.
5-light Perpendicular east window has 4-centred head and continuous
shaft-surround. Blank north elevation to chancel. South aisle of 4 bays with
2-window range to right of C14 three-light square-headed windows with relieving
arches above. Shallow gabled roof has castellated ashlar parapet and finial.
4-light Perpendicular east window and 2-light west window. C14 porch to left of
centre has moulded outer arch flanked by pinnacles with niche above. 4-light
square-headed side windows with transoms. Shallow gabled roof with castellated
ashlar parapet, finial and 2 gargoyles. North elevation of north aisle and north
chapel of 5-window range of C14 three-light square-headed windows. North door to
right has shafts and roll mouldings. Shallow gabled roof has plain ashlar
parapet with gargoyles. Similar 3-light west window and 4-light east window
which has high sill and evidence of blocked openings below. Nave clerestory of
4-window range of 2-light windows with 4-centred heads. Decorated west tower of
3 stages with 2 half stages at base. 3-stage angle buttresses to lower 2 stages.
West door has moulded surround, 2-light window above has carved label stops.
Pairs of 2-light bell-chamber openings to each face of third stage. Corbel table
with ashlar spire above having low broaches. 3 tiers of lucarnes. Interior:
4-bay nave arcade of double hollow-chamfered arches with octagonal piers. Late
C12 responds at west end with leaf crockets in the capitals. Triple-chamfered
chancel and tower arches. Chamfered and moulded arch from chancel to north
chapel has polygonal cluster responds. C19 roof structures. Double piscina with
trefoil heads in chancel has 2 square-headed openings adjacent. Oven for altar
bread in north wall. Similar single piscina in south aisle. Tomb recess in north
aisle. C13 octagonal font. Rood screen retains original base, the upper part is
restored. Parclose screen to south chapel has linenfold panelling to base. C17
pulpit decorated with arcades and pairs of balusters at the corners. Bench ends
have some original traceried panels. Jacobean bread cupboard with open balusters
in north aisle. Parish chest in chancel. Monuments: brass to John Glynton died
1510 and wife, north aisle, south wall, female figure only remains. Thomas
Jenison died 1681, double inscription flanked by Corinthian columns with
pediment over. North wall of chancel, three C17 black floor tablets to Jenison
family. Various early C19 marble tablets. Stained glass: fragments of medieval
glass in 2 south aisle and one south chancel windows. Late C19 east window by
Mayer and Co., and early C20 window in north aisle.
(Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, p.265).

Listing NGR: SP9256466010

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Source: English Heritage

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