St Peter & St Paul, Northampton

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The Church of St Peter and St Paul, Abington (known locally as ‘The church in the park’) is located in the middle of Abington Park, Northampton. It was built over 800 years ago and was built as a place of worship for the inhabitants of the manor house and the estate workers and their families.

The manor house is now Abington Museum and the church remains a place of worship for the local area. The families who once owned the manor house are commemorated in the church e.g. Sir John Bernard and his wife Elizabeth Nash (who was Shakespeare’s granddaughter) and William Thursby who was a barrister and an M.P. for Northampton. The carved wooden pulpit is believed to have come from the workshop of Grinling Gibbons and the window in the Lady Chapel is the work of John Piper.

The style of worship at the church is in the catholic tradition and offers a variety of services. There is a very active choir which is affiliated to the RSCM and sings at the 10 am Eucharist each week and at 6 pm Evensong once a month.  A team of ringers ring the six bells before the main Sunday service. Fairtrade coffee/tea is offered after the main service. The church has complete disabled access including a lavatory and baby changing facilities and a hearing loop.

We have a children’s worker who organises a Sunday School (3 – 10 yrs) which takes place during the main service on a Sunday as well as a Tots and Teddies group (0 – 5yrs) which meets Tuesday mornings during term time in the church rooms. School visits are arranged to the church during the year. There is also a very active Girlguiding group. A youth drop-in centre for young people aged from 11 to 18, called Abington House of Fun, is located in Abington Park, and is also supported by volunteers from the church.

Midweek services include morning prayer, the eucharist and evensong which take place at both the church and at St Christophers ( a home for the elderly with both independent and assisted living).

Information regarding baptisms and weddings is available from the Rector or from the parish office.

Social activities are organised throughout the year to which everyone is welcome.  There are also regular bible study groups and prayer groups.  The Mothers' Union meets monthly on a Tuesday afternoon at the parish rooms

The church is open for visitors during the week from 10 am to 4 pm from the end of May to the end of September and on Sunday afternoons during the summer.  There are monthly summer concerts in the church on Sunday afternoons at 3 pm.

For further information about the worship and activities at Abington church please contact either the Rector, Revd. Philip Ball or the church administrator on or chekc out the website

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Rev Philip Ball
5 Abington Park Crescent
(01604) 631 041

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Said Eucharist
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for 50 minutes
Sunday Eucharist
Family Eucharist service
Every Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Family Friendly Creche Sunday School Refreshments


Morning Prayer
Every Monday at 8:30 AM for ½ hour


Morning Prayer
Every Tuesday at 8:30 AM for ½ hour


Morning Prayer
Every Wednesday at 8:30 AM for ½ hour


Thursday morning Eucharist service
Every Thursday at 10:00 AM for 50 minutes



Wheelchair accessible toilets

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass Floodlight


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Church Open End of May until Harvest Sunday, Sunday afternoons 2 pm till 5 pm Also during the annual Heritage weekend the church is open between 11 am and 4 pm Hall for Hire Ring 07733 323355 for information about hiring the church rooms. These are located on the corner on Park Avenue North and Ashburnham Road
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Incumbent: The Revd Philip John BALL
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 16468
Built: c 1200
Style of worship: Traditional Catholic
Our Patron: Bishop of Peterborough
Archdeaconry: NORTHAMPTON (281)
Deanery: Greater Northampton (28108)
Benefice: Abington (28/001 K)
Parish Legal Name: Abington (280105 )
CofE Church Info: (628105 28/105)
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The current editor is: Catherine Tinsley

This page was last updated on Monday 27th February 2017
St Peter & St Paul : Park Avenue South, Abington, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN3 3AB

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