Canons Ashby Priory Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Dryden family memorials
The west front of the church is a wonderful piece of Early English architecture, with a richly decorated archway.
The communion rail and pulpit are of the same 18th century date; probably about 1710. The octagonal font is 15th century, with blank tracery panels on each face.
There are also a pair of 16th century brasses set into the floor, though the church information is silent about who they represent. One shows a wealthy gentleman in long robes, looking quite satisfied with himself. One of the floor slabs is carved with the Dryden coat of arms, showing the 'Red Hand of Ulster'.
The church is open at the same time as the house, though it may be open if the house is closed ut the park and gardens are open. It is a very short walk from the main house, and I highly recommend a visit if you are visiting Canons Ashby House.
I loved this church; it is always interesting to see a stately home like Canons Ashby House and learn about the family that lived there, the see the monuments to that same family in the local church. What really makes the priory church fascinating are the Dryden family tombs and the funeral achievements.
About Canons Ashby Priory
Address: Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire, England, NN11 3SD
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: On the minor road to Canons Ashby. Park at the house (National Trust) and walk to the church. Opening times as for the park and grounds.
Website: Canons Ashby Priory
Phone: 01327 860044
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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