The Diocese of Northampton was founded in 1850. Today it encompasses the counties of Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and that part of Berkshire (formerly in Buckinghamshire) that lies to the north of the River Thames. The cathedral is in Northampton, and is dedicated to Our Lady Immaculate and St Thomas of Canterbury. 73 churches were visited for Taking Stock (2009).

Kempston – Our Lady of Ransom

A small and plain church, converted from a neo-Georgian telephone exchange.Until the nineteenth century Kempston was... Read More

Kettering – St Edward

St Edward’s church is in that strand of longitudinally-planned interwar brick churches of bold forms and massing and... Read More

Leighton Buzzard – The Sacred Heart

A plain brick church of the 1950s, substantially rebuilt in the 1970s.A mission was established in Leighton Buzzard... Read More

Little Chalfont – St Aidan

A plain design of the 1960s, lent some distinction by the somewhat New England-style western portico and shingled... Read More

Long Crendon – Our Lady of Light

A remarkable example of a building erected at low cost and largely by the energy and initiative of the parish priest... Read More

Luton – Holy Ghost

A large church of the mid-1960s by Desmond Williams & Associates. The design is functional, with the internal... Read More

Luton – Our Lady Help of Christians

An early twentieth century Gothic Revival church designed by its resident priest, with a lofty and now very richly... Read More

Luton – St John the Apostle

A utilitarian structure built for agricultural purposes and converted to a church in the 1960s.St John’s is a... Read More

Luton – St Joseph

A large and well detailed church in the Italian Romanesque/basilican style that was so popular for Catholic churches in... Read More

Luton – St Martin de Porres

A functional post-Vatican II design, well reordered in 2000, with a painted rood by Stephen Foster.The parish was... Read More

Luton (Stopsley) – Sacred Heart of Jesus

A post-war structure built as a dual-purpose church and hall, later adapted and extended. After the plainness of the... Read More

Marlow – St Peter

A small church by the leading Catholic architect A.W.N. Pugin, designed for the convert Charles Scott Murray and built... Read More

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