The main body of the church dates from the 13th Century although other parts are Norman. It has the longest nave of any church in Northamptonshire. The crypt contains the bones of 1,500 people - mainly skulls and thigh bones.
Crypt opening times:
Easter to September: Sundays 2.00pm to 4.00pm (upon availability of stewards)
From the web site:
Holy Trinity Church, Rothwell in Northamptonshire, England, has the longest nave in the county. The main body of the church dates from the 13th century, although the oldest part was built in Norman times. The building material is local Northamptonshire sandstone. The picture shows the massive squat tower at the west end of the church, which once was topped with a wooden spire. The spire was destroyed in a thunderstorm many years ago.
I used to be an altar boy here and now look what I have turned out to be :) Did some enjoyable campanology too.
Ah, happy days.
A stunning church with so much history! I think it's an absolutely beautiful church and well worth a peek if you happen to be in the town.
I have been to many weddings at this church and I can say they have been beautiful due to being set in such a beautiful location.
The church dates from the 13th Century although other parts are Norman. It also has the longest nave in Northamptonshire too. Deep under the floor of the church, is the Holy Trinity's crypt or Charnel House. Local legend suggests that little was known about its existence until the day a hapless gravedigger fell into the crypt whilst working in the church many years ago. Falling some twelve feet through pitch darkness into a mass of bones was too much for the individual to bear, and it is reputed that he lost his mind through the incident, remaining that way until the day he died. More latterly, the crypt has been reorganised such that the skulls are now displayed on shelves around the walls, and the thigh bones displayed in two large square piles in the centre. A favourite pastime of guides on Sunday afternoons is to enter the crypt in front of visitors so that they can witness the gasps of sheer amazement as visitors first enter!
The 13th century crypt contains the remains of around 1500 individuals. It is thought some were first buried in the churchyard and then moved at a later date. A second burial within the crypt possibly took place around 1580 when the adjacent Jesus Hospital was built on what was perhaps an old burial ground. These are mainly skulls and thigh bones which, according to medieval superstition were necessary for the Resurrection. This is open to the public on certain days and again definitely worth a look. I remember going to see this as a brownie (not sure why we went!)
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