Upton, St Michael's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The oldest parts of the church are the north and south doors and the priest's door, all of which are Norman. Until 1968 it served as a chapel of ease for St Peter's church in Northampton.
Look for the coat of arms of the Knightly family over the south porch. The Knightly's added the porch around 1587, shortly before they sold the estate to the Samwell family. There is only one clock-face in the tower, and it can only be viewed from Upton Hall, indicating St Michael's function as a family church.
The interior features a number of interesting monuments including many to the Samwell family. Notable memorials include that to Sir Richard Knightley (d.1537) and his wife Jane, with recumbent effigies to the deceased couple, and a 1677 memorial to James Harrington, political philosopher and author of The Commonwealth of Oceana, a utopian vision of an ideal republic.
In the nave there are a series of 4 hatchments to 17th and 18th-century members of the Samwell family.
Outside the church, you can discern earthwork remains of a lost medieval village.
St Michael's is no longer in regular use and is cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust.
About Upton, St Michael's Church
Address: Upton, Northamptonshire, England, NN5 4UX
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: 2 miles west of Northampton on the A45 just west of the A45/A4500 roundabout; next to Quinton House School
Website: Upton, St Michael's Church
Churches Conservation Trust
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