St. Mary Church, Barby, Northamptonshire
St. Mary Church, Barby, Northamptonshire.
The village church, dedicated to St Mary, is of pink sandstone and has a peal of five bells and an interesting two-storey porch. The church contains some Anglo-Saxon remains including a tombstone, but the present construction probably dates mainly from the 13th and 14th centuries. Extensive Victorian refurbishing work was carried out, in which the church's medieval wall paintings and texts were sadly destroyed (though fragments of 17th century texts were recorded in the rector's notes at the time), however some interesting column capitals remain as testaments to the dating of the structure. Recent more informed restoration work has just been completed, which will preserve the stonework for the coming centuries.