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).

Milton Keynes – Our Lady of Lourdes

Built in the mid-1970s under the direction of Derek Walker, Chief Architect to the Milton Keynes Development... Read More

Newport Pagnell – St Bede

The primary significance of the building lies in its architectural, historical and townscape interest as a... Read More

Northampton – St Aidan

A mainly Gothic church of the 1960s and a late work by J. S. Comper. Although old-fashioned for its date and externally... Read More

Northampton – St Gregory

A large post-war church in basilican style by Sebastian Comper. Building economies of the time and the parish’s... Read More

Northampton – The Sacred Heart

A modern church built on a budget, of striking external form and with an interior notable above all for its wall... Read More

Olney – Our Lady Help of Christians and St Lawrence

A church of some architectural interest, as much for the bold reconfiguration carried out in 1990 as for the original... Read More

Oundle – The Holy Name of Jesus

A late nineteenth century church built for Anglican worship, from designs by (Sir) Arthur Blomfield. The adoption of... Read More

Princes Risborough – St Teresa of the Child Jesus

A landmark church, built from designs by the Piedmontese-Welsh architect Giuseppe Rinvolucri. The brick-built church... Read More

Raunds – St Thomas More

A simple late-nineteenth century Nonconformist brick chapel, acquired for Catholic use in 1967. A building of some... Read More

Rothwell – St Bernadette

The 1959 church, though modest, was of distinctive design. 1993 alterations have radically altered the appearance, to... Read More

Rushden – St Peter

A modest basilican church of the 1950s by Sebastian Comper,  sensitively enlarged in the 1960s. Simple but well... Read More

Shefford – St Francis of Assisi

Shefford was the focus of Catholic continuity in Bedfordshire during the eighteenth century, and a chapel was built... Read More

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