Sources

One of the Friends’ objectives is to stimulate interest and research into the history and architecture of St Peter’s. We list here sources of information on St Peter’s and would welcome suggestions for further items suitable for inclusion .

General

R.M. Serjeantson      A History of the Church of St Peter Northampton together with the chapels of Kingsthorpe and Upton    1906

Serjeantson was Curate at St Sepulchre’s, Northampton, before becoming Rector of St Peter’s.    This substantial, and now rare, volume is the most comprehensive book about St Peter’s.

Architecture

Nikolaus Pevsner        Northamptonshire  The buildings of England 2nd edn 1973

The classic architectural guide, which states the St Peter’s is “the most interesting Norman church in Northamptonshire”.

Simon Jenkins            England’s Thousand Best Churches   1999

Jenkins’ article of St Peter’s is a bit out of date because the church is certainly no longer neglected. If he came back now surely he’d award more than the mingy 2 star rating!

History

Bazil Marsh and David Sargant   Saint Ragener                 ?1994

The last rector, Archdeacon Marsh, was able to preserve the story of St Ragener. The cult is  mentioned in a number of medieval manuscripts. This booklet revived a legend which had almost been forgotten.

More manuscripts and source materials are now digitally available and further clues emerge about St Ragener. Research is ongoing.