Geddington Church, Northamptonshire

The church of St. Mary Magdalene is very ancient. The stone church dates to the late Saxon period, but it seems probably that it was predecessed by a wooden one. It is difficult to find a precise founding date for the stone church, but it is considered to have started around 950 AD. There is some Saxon arcading still visible and a Saxon grave was uncovered in the 1990s.

The Norman Kings liked the area and a hunting lodge was built in Geddington that eventually evolved into a Royal Palace. Because of this Geddington Church received more attention than a small village church might otherwise have done. Aisles were added in the 12th and 14th Centuries, the spire in the 15th.

Most famously, Geddington is the site of the best preserved of the Eleanor Crosses – the fourth in the sequence of resting places of Queen Eleanor’s body during her funeral procession from Lincoln to London in 1290.

The church escaped much Victorian rebuilding, although a lot of the interior work dates to the 19th Century.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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