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Church of Holy Cross

A Grade I Listed Building in Byfield, West Northamptonshire

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Latitude: 52.1728 / 52°10'22"N

Longitude: -1.2421 / 1°14'31"W

OS Eastings: 451928

OS Northings: 253000

OS Grid: SP519530

Mapcode National: GBR 8SX.QT1

Mapcode Global: VHCVQ.FN65

Plus Code: 9C4W5QF5+45

Entry Name: Church of Holy Cross

Listing Date: 2 February 1964

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1343540

English Heritage Legacy ID: 360509

ID on this website: 101343540

Location: Holy Cross Church, Church End, West Northamptonshire, NN11

County: West Northamptonshire

Civil Parish: Byfield

Built-Up Area: Byfield

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Byfield

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

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SP5153, SP55SW (West side)
16/19, 9/19 Church of Holy Cross
Church. C14 and C15, restored late C19. Coursed squared limestone with limestone
and sandstone dressings, slate roofs. Chancel, nave, north and south aisles,
south aisle chapel, south porch, west tower. Chancel of 3 bays. East window has
3 lights and C19 Decorated tracery, tall 2-light windows, with segmental heads
and intersecting tracery north and south. A 2-light Perpendicular low-side
window with straight head at south-west end of chancel. North aisle extends over
first bay of chancel and has 3-light Decorated east window. 4 bays with 2-light
Decorated windows, small 2-light west window, priests door at north-east end and
pointed arch north door between first and second windows west. South aisle has
3-light Decorated windows to east end and projecting south-east chapel. Windows
either side of porch and at west end correspond to those of north aisle. South
porch has a many-moulded entrance arch with ball flowers to middle moulding, a
crocketed ogee hood and pinnacles, with a shallow niche with nodding ogee hood
above. South door within has double-chamfered arch with hood mould. Nave has
clerestory with three 3-light straight-headed Perpendicular windows north and
south, with extra 2-light window with segmental head to east end of south aisle
(sections of earlier blocked circular windows visible inside). 3-stage west
tower with angle buttresses. West door similar to south porch entrance with
2-light Decorated window above, which has ogee hood mould. Above window and at
either side niches with nodding ogee hoods and pinnacles. Belfry stage has
2-light windows with basket arch heads and hood moulds. The tower has
battlements and recessed spire with 2 tiers of lucarnes in alternating
directions; formerly also corner turrets, removed recently. Interior: chancel
has 3-seat sedilia with 4-centred cusped arch heads and piscina. Stained glass
east and south-west windows by Kempe (1897 and 1902). Double-chamfered chancel
arch with responds supported by corbel heads. Nave has arcades of 4 bays with
double-chamfered arches and hood moulds; octagonal capitals, piers and
pier-bases. South-east aisle chapel has piscina with cusped ogee head and hood
mould with label stops and an aumbry. Triple-chamfered tower arch with hood
mould and label stops. C19 roofs and pews. 6-sided C17 pulpit on baluster legs.
C17 and C18 wall monuments in chancels, gargoyles removed from tower in south
(Buildings of England: Northants, p.133)

Listing NGR: SP5192853000

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