Steane: St Peter

Steane: St Peter
Record Type:
Church code:
Hinton-in-the-Hedges with Steane

Statutory Designation Information

Listed Building?
This is a Grade I 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:
Post Medieval

Exterior Image

Exterior image of 628021 Steane St Peter
Exterior image of 628021 Steane St Peter
Photograph of the outside of the church.
Year / Date:
December 2016
James Miller
James Miller

Summary Description

Set in the gardens of Steane Park this is a rare church built in the gothic style in 1620. Whereas Tom Tower in Oxford can be seen as Wren’s essay in Gothic Revival, Steane is one of the last examples of the tradition of Gothic architecture. It was built by the Crewe family and originally sat alongside their mansion. It is interesting to see how fashions were changing fast. When it came to build the south doorway to the church in 1630’s Baroque architecture was vanquishing gothic and here you see a fine example of the new style with ionic columns and open segmented pediment. (nb Nathaniel Crewe was made Bishop of Oxford just at the time that the Laudian entrance to the University Church of St Mary was being built). Internally the building is almost square and most of the furnishings 18th century probably courtesy of Lord Crewe, Bishop of Durham – box pews and pulpit and a highly unusual marble communion table given by the bishop in 1720. The north aisle is the family mortuary chapel with a succession of splendid 17th and early 18th century monuments: all recently sympathetically restored. This is one of the most delightful buildings and indeed places in the south part of the county.

Visiting and Facilities

The church is open for worship.
Church kept locked but keys available from Lady Connell at adjacent Steane Park 01280 705899 Also vicar Rev. Simon Dommel

Church Website

Church Website:

Sources and Further Information

James Miller (December 2016) Exterior image of 628021 Steane St Peter [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Exterior image of 628021 Steane St Peter
James Miller (December 2016) Interior image of 628021 Steane St Peter [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Interior image of 628021 Steane St Peter
Northamptonshire Surprise website (2017) Northamptonshire Britain's Best Surprise [Digital Archive/Data]
James Miles (2019) Church Bells 1 bell [Archive/Index]
1 bell
Church of England (2021) A Church Near You [Digital Archive/Index]
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