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St Peter's Church, Lowick, Northamptonshire 

Description and history

The nave

Although the church has early fourteenth century origins, it is mainly late fourteenth and early fifteenth century, being built for the Greene family of Drayton House. A large heraldic shield dominates the nave, and the chancel bears the arms of the Greene family, and also that of John Heton, rector from 1406 to 1415.  by Browse to Save" name="_GPLITA_1" style="color:rgb(11, 0, 128);background-image:none;">The list of clergy (see below) shows the appointments from Nicholas de Nevil in 1217, so the current building must have been a replacement for an earlier one.

The tower is topped with an octagonal lantern, flying buttresses and 12 pinnacles with golden weathervanes. Simon Jenkins noted that "the tower with its octagonal top is visible for miles around, a forest of pinnacles topped by golden weathervanes. From a distance they seem to flutter in the sun, like pennants summoning us to some forgotten Tudor tournament".[1]

An entry in the churchwardens' accounts records taking down the rood-loft and filling the holes in May 1644. In July 1645 payment was made for the "glazing of the windows when the crucifixion and scandalous pictures were taken down".[2]

There were restorations in 1868–72 by Richard Herbert Carpenter and William Slater which consisted of repairs to roof and walls and re-seating, and further work in 1887.[3] The reredos was made between 1930-31 as a memorial to Sackville George Stopford-Sackville, who died in 1926, to the design of the architect William Randoll Blacking. More repairs were carried out by the architect Eric Arthur Roberts in 1973–75.

[edit]Stained glass and memorials

The north aisle windows have  by Browse to Save" name="_GPLITA_2" style="color:rgb(11, 0, 128);background-image:none;">reset panels of a Jesse window from around 1330-40 depicting 16 figures. Some medieval glass also survives in the south chancel windows. There are six windows with nineteenth-century stained glass in the north and south aisles and also in the chancel.[4]

South chapel

In the chancel floor is the gravestone for John Heton, rector of Lowick from 1406 to 1415. The slab has a border inscription

'Hic jacet Dominus Johannes de Heton quondam rector ecclesie de benyfelde et nuper de Lufwyck cujus anime propicietur Deus Amen. Credo quod Redemptor meus vivit et in novissimo die de terra surrectus sum et in carne mea videbo deum salvatorem.[5]

Sir Ralfe Greene who died in 1417. He was Knight of the Shire for Northamptonshire, High Sheriff of Northamptonshire and Sheriff of Wiltshire.[6] The memorial is by Thomas Prentys and Robert Sutton at a cost of £40. It comprises a pair of alabaster effigies on chest tomb in north chapel, with angels under canopies around the sides. A vaulted canopy is above the head of each figure, base of shafts to support canopy over whole.

In the south transept, a chest tomb memorial to Henry Green who died 22 February 1467-8 and his wife. He wears an elaborate suit of armour, with spurs, and his wife has a head-dress with horns. The shield of arms bears a chequered coat quartering an engrailed cross: small brass scrolls repeat the motto 'Da gloriam Deo.'[7]

In the South Chapel on the south side is the memorial to Edward Stafford, 2nd Earl of Wiltshire, died 1499, who refounded the chantry and had the chapel rebuilt. His memorial is an alabaster effigy on chest tomb with lozenge panels inside cusped squared panels in south transept. The inscription is formed by letters knotted in allusion to the badge of the house of Stafford.

A plain tablet in the north chapel remembers William, infant son of John Mordaunt, 1st Earl of Peterborough who died in 1625.

Inscribed  by Browse to Save" name="_GPLITA_0" style="color:rgb(11, 0, 128);background-image:none;">tablets in the chancel floor commemorate Roger Lane who died in 1690 and John Halford who also died in 1690.

In front of the east window is the memorial for Mary Howard, Duchess of Norfolk (d. 1705). She was the daughter of the Henry Mordaunt, 2nd Earl of Peterborough and first wife of Sir John Germain, 1st Baronet (d. 1718). The memorial comprises a semi-reclining white marble figure on chest tomb with bolection-moulded pilasters.

On the north wall is the tomb of Sir John Germain, 1st Baronet who died in 1718, set as a semi-reclining marble figure in armour on a chest tomb.

There is an inscribed brass tablet to Lady Elizabeth Germain who died in 1760.

In the South Chapel in front of the east window is the memorial of Charles Sackville-Germain, 5th Duke of Dorset who died in 1843. It comprises a white marble chest-tomb by Richard Westmacott and has draped mantle, shield and coronet with lifesize angel seated alongside.


The tower has a ring of six bells:

  • Treble J Taylor of Loughborough 1896. The treble was an addition to a former ring of five.
  • 2nd Hugh Watts II of Leicester 1615-43
  • 3rd Hugh Watts II of Leicester 1615-43
  • 4th recast by John Taylor & Co 1884
  • 5th Newcombe of Leicester, inscribed 'Richard Wood made me' c.1540 The fifth bell has the stamp and cross of the early Leicester founders as used by Robert Newcombe. Richard Wood may have been a foreman in the Newcombe foundry.[9]
  • 6th Hugh Watts 1619
The organ


The church had a pipe organ by Forster and Andrews installed in 1861. A specification of the organ can be found on the British Institute of Organ Studies National Pipe Organ Register at K00608. This organ has since been transferred to Warmington Methodist Church, and then St. Mark's Church, Whitehills.

The current 2 manual pipe organ is by Wordsworth & Maskell and dates from around 1900. A specification of the organ can be found on theBritish Institute of Organ Studies National Pipe Organ Register at D02178.


The gravestones in the churchyard are mostly of the 18th and 19th centuries. A decorative coffin lid that dates from the 15th century survives by the wall of the South Chapel. At the east end of the church are a series of memorial graves of the Stopford Sackville family, who have lived inDrayton House since the late 18th century.

“If anybody would like to expand to this series please do, I would just ask that you could let Sadexploration know first so he can keep track of the Church numbers and names to avoid duplication.

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