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Description: Church of St Luke
Date Listed: 17 May 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 234664
OS Grid Reference: SP6627053513
OS Grid Coordinates: 466270, 253513
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1759, -1.0323
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COLD HIGHAM BANBURY LANE
SP65SE (North side)
7/34 Church of St. Luke
Church. C13, C14. Restored, chancel rebuilt, north aisle and organ chamber added
1879 by E.F. Law. Coursed squared ironstone, slate roof with tiled ridges to
chancel, copper roofs to body of church and stone slate roof to tower. Chancel,
organ chamber, nave, north aisle, south chapel and west tower. 2-bay chancel has
3-light geometrical east window, 1-light window to south-east with cusped heads,
2-light Decorated window to south-west. Tomb recess to south with colonnettes;
moulded capitals, hollow-chamfered segmental arch and hood mould framing chest
tomb supporting gravestone with foliated cross. Organ chamber to north has
hollow-chamfered east door, 2-light window to north with plate tracery and
transom and gable above. North aisle has north door with sunk quadrant moulding
and 2-light Decorated windows. Nave has south door with sunk quadrant moulding
and 2-light Decorated window to south-west. South chapel has 2-light Decorated
east window with cusped heads to lights and quatrefoil to head, similar window
to south and small low-side 1-light blocked window to south, possibly Saxon,
with splayed jambs and pointed head carved of one stone. 3-stage west tower has
lancet window to west, blocked 1-light window or niche to middle stage west and
small 1-light window to middle stage south with chamfered stone surround and
straight head. 2-light bell-chamber openings, that to south, with cusped heads
to lights and quatrefoil to head. Plain stone-coped parapet to north and south
and saddleback roof with 1-light windows to stone-coped east and west gables.
Plain stone-coped parapets to body of church, corbelled stone eaves to chancel.
Most windows and all doors have hood moulds. Interior: chancel arch has plain
piers, imposts and double-chamfered arch dying into wall. Nave has C19 4-bay
north arcade with circular piers and double-chamfered arches. Chamfered arch to
south chapel dying into piers with sunk-quadrant mouldings and hood mould,
Chapel has piscina with chamfered arch and fine tomb recess to south with triple
sunk-quadrant moulded ogee arch with ball-flower ornament flanked by crocketed
pinnacles. C19 stained glass windows to chapel. Monuments: fine oaken effigy of
cross-legged knight in chapel tomb recess on tomb chest with ogee-headed panels
containing shields. Believed to commemorate Sir John de Patteshall 1292-1349.
Small brass wall monument with moulded stone surround to Edward Norris, d.l695.
Grey veined marble wall monument to John Aylworth, d.1729, with open pediment,
painted crest and cartouche of arms to apron. Vertical oval limestone wall
monument to Rev. John Nixon, d.1777, with small cartouche of arms above:
supporting bracket signed Wm. Cox/Daventry. White marble wall monument, topped
by urn, to Rev. John Bishop, d.1817.
(Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, 1973, p,15S; Kelly's Directory for
Listing NGR: SP6627053513
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