Northampton: St Matthew

Northampton: St Matthew
Record Type:
Major Parish Church
Church code:
St. Matthew, Northampton

Statutory Designation Information

Listed Building?
This is a Grade II* Listed Building
View more information about this Listed Building on the National Heritage List for England web site
Scheduled Monument?
There is no Scheduled Monument within the curtilage or precinct

National Park

The church is not in a National Park

Conservation Area

The church is not in a Conservation Area

Heritage At Risk Status

On Heritage At Risk Register?
This church is not on the Heritage at Risk Register

Approximate Date

Approximate Date:

Exterior Image

Exterior of 628119 Northampton St Matthew
Exterior of 628119 Northampton St Matthew
Image of the exterior of the church.
Year / Date:
John Roan Photography
John Roan

Summary Description

The creation of this outstanding late Victorian gothic church was made possible by its patron the local brewer Pickering Phipps, the local architect Matthew Henry Holding and its first incumbent The Rev. J. R. Hussey. It went up remarkably quickly between 1893-5 and with its fine tower topped by a steeple remains a significant land mark in this part of the town. Internally it was well furnished with an alabaster font and pulpit by Aumonier, a reredos by Nathaniel Hitch, an iron work screen by Wilde, and stained glass by Clayton & Bell etc. Into this souring space, comparatively new, space were introduced by the vicar’s son and successor the Rev. Walter Hussey (later Dean of Chichester) to mid 20th century masterpieces. The earliest, 1944 is Henry Moore’s monumental Madonna and Child in the north transept. This faces, in the south transept, Graham Sutherland’s gritty Crucifixion of 1946. Patronage here has not died out. The statue of St Matthew by Ian Rank – Broadley was placed in the crossing in 2009.

Visiting and Facilities

The church is open for worship.
Open on Saturday mornings but that said the key is obtainable from the Parish Office behind the church. Monday – Friday (but not Wednesday ) 9.30 -1pm and 1.30 -3pm. Wednesday 11.30 -3pm. 01604 791251 Toilets available Parking available

Church Website

Church Website:

Sources and Further Information

John Roan (2016) Exterior of 628119 Northampton St Matthew [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Exterior of 628119 Northampton St Matthew
John Roan (2016) Interior of 628119 Northampton St Matthew [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Interior of 628119 Northampton St Matthew
Antiquarian Horological Society (2015) AHS Turret Clock database Unique Number ID: 1189 [Digital Archive/Data]
Church of England (2021) A Church Near You [Digital Archive/Index]
View information on worship and access at this church
Church Buildings Council (2019) Church Bells 13 Bells [Archive/Index]
13 Bells