On behalf of the whole parish of Finedon may I invite you most warmly to step over our virtual threshold. You will find within our contact details and details also of forthcoming services and events here at St Mary’s. We are, of course, the parish church not only for the those who worship here but for everyone in Finedon, and the social calendar is almost as busy as the ecclesiastical calendar. Whatever you seek – friendship, community, something to challenge and stretch you, something to give you comfort and peace, the love of Jesus Christ, or simply the satisfaction of curiosity – you are most welcome to step over our real threshold too and see what we have to offer.
Yours in Christ, Fr Richard.
The church of ST. MARY-THE VIRGIN consists of chancel, north and south transeptal chapels, clearstoried nave of four bays, north and south aisles, south porch, and west tower. The tower is surmounted by a lofty spire and the porch has an upper story. There is a modern vestry on the north side of the chancel.
Of the original 12th-century building nothing remains except the font, the church having been entirely rebuilt at the beginning of the 14th century. With the exception of the tower and spire it is all of one date, and is one of the finest examples in the county of a church of this period. The tower and spire were erected about fifty years later. The whole building is therefore substantially of one style and it preserves a unity in design which gives it particular distinction.
the ramblings of Hubert James
October comes and with it the academic year begins in universities and colleges. In anticipation of this I was in Northampton yesterday at the university for the opening of a new building.
We’ve opened so many buildings since the new campus was finished at Waterside it’s felt a bit like Groundhog Day in Legoland; but this new building is a bit special. It houses the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies, which has been going in one form or another for more than a hundred years, in Bermondsey in London originally, to where dirty trades like tanning were banished, and then to Northampton. It is now a world leader, and students from the Netherlands, India, the United States, and lots of other places come to learn at what is still an unparalleled centre of excellence. It is great to see the county making progress in this way, and great to feel that the skills of the leather and related trades, which kept so many of us in gainful employment for decades, are not lost.
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