Baptism Font - St James the Great - Gretton, Northamptonshire
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N 52° 32.413 W 000° 40.599
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Medieval font in St James the Great church, Gretton.
Waymark Code: WM11KZ2
Location: East Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/10/2019
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
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Medieval font in St James the Great church, Gretton. Octagonal in the perpendicular style (1335 - 1350).

"GRETTON, a corruption of Great-town, is a parish end village on the river Welland, which here separates this county from Rutland, with a station on the Kettering and Nottingham section of the Midland railway, 12 miles north from Kettering, in the Northern division of the county, hundred of Corby, petty sessional division of Kettering, union and county court district of Uppingham, rural deanery of Weldon (first portion), archdeaconry of Oakham and diocese of Peterborough. The church of St. James is a building of stone, in the Norman and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave of four bays, aisles, transepts, south porch and a lofty western tower containing 5 bells and a clock bell in an open turret on the tower; a new clock was given by Mrs. Gibbon, of Gretton House, in 1897: in the vaults under the chancel are some very large stone coffins, and in the chancel are various monuments to the family of Hatton, Barons Hatton, of Kirby, and Viscounts Hatton, of Gretton: the roofs of the nave, south transept and side aisles have recently (1894) been thoroughly restored in oak covered with lead, and the tracery of the clerestory and other windows restored at a total cost of about £1,000: there are sittings for 500 persons: the seats in the north transept were formerly appropriated to the parish of Duddington, 6 miles distant. The register dates from the year 1558."

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