Winwick, St Michael's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 13th century tomb recesses. Winwick was the home of author Thomas Malory.
In the north transept are a pair of very nice early 18th century wall monuments to members of the Craven family. The first is to Sir William Craven (d. 1707), and is decorated with Corinthian columns flanking a central tablet. The second is to Maria Craven (d. 1737). Sir William Craven is also remembered by a black leger stone at the base of the chapel steps.
These Georgian monuments are relative newcomers compared to the 13th century tomb recesses in each transept. These are very plain, and sit beneath Early English windows. I loved the simple Georgian wall tablet to Catherine Pepperell (d. 1779), wife of Reverend Henry Pepperell, with its simple epitaph 'Life how short, Eternity how long'.
I don't normally get excited about modern additions to church furnishings, but I'll make an exception in the case of Winwick church, for one of the most recent additions to the church is a very striking west window of modern stained glass by Jane Campbell. The window was commissioned to mark Millennium celebrations in 2000 and the result is an exceptional piece of modern stained glass art inspired by an aerial view of the village. I was not at all surpised to learn from the informative church guide that Campbell's window has already been called nationally important; it truly is a memorable work of art, and to see the sunlight streaming through the vividly coloured stained glass is a treat not soon forgotten.
Was Winwick the 'Gretna Green of Northamptonshire'? Possibly, for records show that during a period in the 16th century there were many more marriages performed in the church at Winwick than there were eligible bachelors and spinsters in the parish. The inevitable conclusion is that runaway couples e;oped, not to the famous blacksmith's forge in Scotland, but to quiet little Winwick.
Address: Winwick, Northamptonshire, England, NN6 7PD
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Winwick is on a minor road off the A428 north of West Haddon
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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