Wellingborough Church, Northamptonshire

A Saxon period church stood here, probably in the same spot as the current church. It may be that it was related to the nearby Monastic Grange (now known as Croyland Abbey), or it may be that it was an independent parochial church from the very beginning.

The very earliest parts of the church which stands in Wellingborough today are from the 13th Century, being parts of the south doorway and the chamber over the porch. The tower was added in the 13th Century, originally being a square topped tower, with the spire being added later. The bulk of the rest of the church is 14th Century. Everything has been modernised by the Victorians, making it quite difficult to make out some of the medieval works.

The church has some famous stained glass. One of the oddest of which tells the story of Thomas Jones, the Royalist vicar during the English Civil Wars who was twice thrown into Northampton Jail. It is told that the rabble who accompanied him on one of his visits forced him to ride part of the journey on the back of the town’s performing bear and it is this bizarre occurrence that is depicted on a window.

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