Holy Sepulchre 'St Seps' Northampton

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STOP PRESS NOTICES for 2017


The recently refurbished “Soldiers’ Chapel” has now received an additional permanent memorial to one of the fallen in the First World War 1915. Full details and photograph can be found under the link Regimental.”

Please now see the
Caroline Chisholm Memorial Window link.
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Heritage Open Days 2016

REPORT FOR 2016
Now available at the Heritage Days Link

 

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'Last Night of the Proms'

for up to date information please go to
www.stsepsrestoration.co.uk

 During the PROMS 2016 concert it was a pleasure to welcome members of The Yeomanry Association who had travelled from all parts of the UK for the dedication of the new memorial tablet laid in the floor of "The Soldiers' Chapel". Yeomanry has had previous special services at Holy Sepulchre particularly when the Northamptonshire GUIDON was laid in a master ceremony prior to the final resting place at Northampton Guildhall.


The photographs here show the tablet and The Rev'd Marcus Thompson McCauseland , Padre to The Yeomanry Association, carrying out the dedication.

Rev.Marcus Thompson McCauseland
Memorial Tablet

KING JOHN & MAGNA CARTA
a look back at this prestigious production in the magnificent setting of Medieval Holy Sepulchre Church 1100AD by Royal& Derngate Theatre & The Globe Theatre-rave reviews to be found on national web sites.

Please visit the King John link for exclusive photographs

Groups planning Summer Tours to places of interest and great history are invited to visit
HOLY SEPULCHRE CHURCH 1100AD
for an interesting history /military tour. Whether you are just a small group or a coach party you can be catered for.
BOOKINGS ARE NOW BEING TAKEN FOR 2017
please call John Kightley(tour guide and historian) 


on 01604 754 782. 

We can arrange teas / refreshments at minimal cost if so desired.

Find us on the
Northampton Town Talk website.

(scroll through and go into Communities).


On Monday 6th October 2014 a new publication (Icons of Northamptonshire ) was launched at Wickstead Pavillion Kettering featuring 70 of the county's  favourite and most interesting places. Holy Sepulchre Church has been selected as an icon and information regarding the launch can be found on the County Council and the CPRE websites.
Dedication Sunday
8th June 2014

The sun shone brightly for the congregation present to witness Revd. Michael Hills dedicate the new chairs and chair plaques in the 'Soldiers' Chapel'. John Kightley MBE Director/Secretary of the Restoration Trust, presented a short history of the chapel and recent uplift of the decoration, conservation and restoration concluding with a presentation of each chair and plaque showing  it's  individual inscription.

A second dedication took place after the service, on the South Bank in the churchyard. As described to the congregation by John Kightley this was a Portland Stone tablet in memory of Flight Lt. Peter Saxton Newhouse DFC and his wife Jean. Peter was the first Restoration Trust Officer of the Trust, who was appointed in 1982 until his sudden death in 1994. Efforts to install a commemorative plaque in honour of Peter, a Battle of Britain fighter pilot and the thrust behind the first quarter of a million pounds of Trust income, were thwarted by regulations initially.
The dedication that took place  in the presence of their daughter Hilary (who travelled from Australia for the occasion) and many relations and friends, leaves a permanent reminder of both Peter and Jean above the location of their ashes.

 Dedication of the ChairsDeidication of the Chairs

Serving soldiers with chairs

  Serving soldiers either side of a former soldier now an amputee - all from the Royal Anglian Regiment standing with the Royal Anglian Regiment sponsored chairs.

The Revd Michael Hills dedicates the Newhouse plaque.

The Rev.d Michael Hills dedicates the Newhouse plaque.



Newhouse family and friends

Newhouse family and friends

Hilary and Ken with Restoration trust Directors

Hilary & Ken with Restoration           Trust Directors.


Holy Depulchre Church and the tablet location

Holy Sepulchre Church and the tablet location.


An article in local newspaper Chronicle & Echo revealed the finding of a plaque high up in the belfry previously unnoticed and not recorded in church history books. Hopeful that it would tell of the true date of the addition of tower and spire, it took a camera and the skill of photographer Stuart Kightley-Jones to identify the plaque as carrying a poem about the bells. Although now found to be published in a 19th century book 'Church Bells of Northamptonshire' by Thomas North FSA 1878
there is no indication of the author or an exact date. However, many of our visitors were intrigued and some have gone away to further their own research.


Latest research reveals that
Archbishop Thomas A-Becket was at St. Seps immediately prior to his escape from the Council of Barons at cock crow on the 14th October 1164.
Learn of the now established wall paintings in the Round from Medieval times and hear more of the Church being an interim Civic Church following the 1675 Great Fire of Northampton.


Conservation of the Victorian Ceiling and Window paintings
in the

Warriors Chapel(Chapel of St George and The Regimental Chapel).


Visitors to Holy Sepulchre Church at this present time will find the
re-named 'Soldiers' Chapel' having undergone extensive cleaning and
expert conservation of the beautiful Victorian ceiling and wall paintings.

The work has been undertaken by a team of conservationists under the direction of internationaly renowned Tobit Curteis, taking around five weeks to complete. State of the art lighting has been designed to enhance the glorious work of the Victorian era.

Before a large congregation on  Sunday 29th July 2012(Regimental Sunday) re-dedication was by courtesy of The Rt. Rev'd Bishop John Holbrook, Bishop of
Brixworth with guests including Deputy Lieutenant Col. Ian Skears, The Mayor and Mayoress of Northampton, Col. Peter Worthy
and many other dignitories.

A contract valued at approximately £38000 has ensured that the chapel
can be more extensively placed into use and the paintings admired
for at least another century and beyond.

Information relating to conservation works can be visited
at
www.tcassociates.co.uk

Any enquiries to: John Kightley MBE
                Tel: 01604 754 782   
               

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