Historical and Architectural Context

These online resources provide some background reading to the historical and architectural context of St Peter’s, Northampton

The Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain & Ireland (CRSBI)

“St Peter’s is the finest 12th century church in the county, and its capital sculpture is one of the highlights of the Romanesque in England.” This is an invaluable online catalogue of the architectural features of St Peter’s, Northampton. This site is probably the most detailed architectural description and discussion of St Peter’s, including, for example, a detailed catalogue of every corbel.

See also Nave and Capitals by Dr Ron Baxter (CRSBI)

A Twelfth Century Workshop in Northampton

Henry Maguire’s seminal paper centering on St Peter’s and the craftmanship of the 12th century masons has stood the test of time.

Beakhead Ornament and the Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture

Regional Schools of English Sculpture in the Twelfth Century

Professor Zarnecki’s thesis, entitled Regional Schools of English Sculpture in the Twelfth Century: the Southern School and the Herefordshire School.

Interpreting 12th-century sculpture in English churches

The Parish Church in 1200

We were fortunate in March 2022 to have a talk delivered by John McNeill. John teaches at Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Education. An illustrated paper from the Courtauld Institute website compliments John’s talk and includes an extensive discussion of the 12th-century context and origins of St Peter’s, Northampton. See also the footnotes 56-65 included in this paper for further reading.

Early Mezzotint Publishing in England – I John Smith, 1652-1743

Antony Griffiths
Print Quarterly Vol. 6, No. 3 (SEPTEMBER 1989), pp. 243-257 (16 pages)
Published By: Print Quarterly Publications

William Smith’s Maps – Interactive

Explore the first geological map of England and Wales in 1815 online.

We also have two talks covering different aspects of William Smith’s life and work.

William Smith and the Oxford Connection – Owen Green, University of Oxford

William Smith ‘the father of English Geology’ is buried at St Peter’s Church in Northampton