We are the Parish church (Church of England) for the village of Stanford-on-Avon in Northamptonshire. We are part of the Avon Swift Benefice, a group of 11 Church of England Parishes in the Diocese of Leicester. We welcome everyone to join us in worship and community in our village churches.
Our Mission Statement:
“We the parishes of The Avon-Swift Benefice commit ourselves to God and to one another, seeking to become a community that is centred on Christ and inspired by the Spirit to respond to the love of the Father and share it with others."
Much has been written on various websites about St. Nicholas' Church & it's history, especially of the many monuments within. The early 14th.century Church which we view today replaced a Norman-built Church & stands just inside the River Avon County border of Northamptonshire along with the now depleted village. The original Hall or Manor House, demolished in 1697, stood even closer to the river boundary. Nowadays, what we all know as Stanford Hall, completed in 1703 is on the Leicestershire side of the river.
Regular 1st. Sunday of the month service starting at 9.30am. often accompanied by bell ringing.
On street parking.Occasional bell ringing practices during the late spring through to early autumn.
The current bells.
The combined various skills of our local band have been willingly put to good use by successfully carrying out essential maintenance duties to the bell installation making them quite ringable again. Unusual but not uncommon, the ringing circle is anti-clockwise in rotation. Below, is the latest line up dating back to the refurbishment programme of 1928.Gillett & Johnson. 1928. C# 5-1-22
Gillett & Johnson. 1928. B 7 -0 -0
Gillett & Johnson. 1928. A# 7-1-12
Hugh II Watts. 1640. G# 9-0-15
Hugh II Watts. 1631. F# 11-3-12
It is verifiable there were five bells housed at Stanford from at least 1640.
Inscriptions (with translations)
1.SER THOMAS CAVE THIS BELL HEE GAVE 1631.
(1.”Sir Thomas Cave, this bell he gave 1631.”)
2. IH’S NAZARENVS REX IVDEORVM FILI DEI MISERERE MEI 1624.
(2.“Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, O Son of God have mercy on me.1624”)
3. BE YT KNOWNE TO ALL THAT DOTH ME SEE THAT NEWCOMBE OF LEICESTER MADE MEE 1605.
(3.”Be it known to all that do me see, Newcombe of Leicester made me 1605.”)
4. PVLSOR & PVLSO JVBILO ET PLANGO SIC VITA HOMINIS 1640.
(4. I am struck and I strike, I rejoice and I mourn, such is the life of man.)
(4. Interpretation, courtesy of the Classics dept. at MCS Oxford)
5. CVM SONO CI NON VIS VENIRE NVNQVAM AD PRECES CVPIES IRE 1631.
(5. “If you be unwilling to come when I call To prayers you’ll not wish to go at all. 1631”)
The earlier bells :
Sir Thomas Cave of Stanford, c1496 - 1558 may have given the original No.1 bell, so if this is the case, the Hugh II Watts "replacement" bell of 1631 is a recasting of a much earlier bell & therefore possibly replicating the original inscription.
Earlier Newcombe, No.3 bell - possibly the work of Edward or the brothers Robert III, Thomas III & William Newcombe.
The War Memorial.
Captain, The Honourable E. V. W. Edgell. Killed in action at the battle of Ulundi, Zulu Wars, 1879.
Marble column incorporating an inset sculpted portrait, a 17th Lancer leaning against a memorial holding a wreath whilst looking down at a Zulu shield, on a marble base with dedicatory inscription. Standing on a 3 stepped base.
IN PATRI DESIDERATISSIMO/ EDMONDO VERNEY/ EDGELL WYATT EDGELL ET HENRIETAE BARONISSAE BRAYE/ FILIO NATU MAXIMO/ LITERARUM STUDIIS PRAECLARO/ NECNON ET TURMAE CAPITI VICTRICIS/ IN PRAELIO ULUNDENSI/ MORE PRO PATRIA PRAECLAR/ FRATER UNICE SUPERSTES/ ALUREDUS BARO BRAYE/ POSUIT