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chrissiebells wrote a review Jun 2019
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom75 contributions11 helpful votes
Well preserved monuments inside Geddington Church, illustrating the history of the Montague Family - better with someone "in the know"
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Margaret B wrote a review May 2019
Kettering, United Kingdom144 contributions61 helpful votes
The quixotic location of these beautiful monuments only adds to their attraction. Tucked away in a tiny village church, they take your breath away. They are a wonderful “story book” of the Montagu family once one of the most important and powerful in the land. The restoration of these stunning works has made them pristine so that the beauty of the work can be fully appreciated. Add to this that it’s free to go in and a friendly knowledgeable guide is around on open days, you have a great excursion. Check opening times
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Date of experience: May 2019
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William M wrote a review Apr 2018
Brigstock, United Kingdom12 contributions4 helpful votes
Unique...Hidden gem One does expect to find such a treasure in a Northamptonshire village Great staff who are really helpful. I will return
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Date of experience: September 2017
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Janet C wrote a review Mar 2018
30 contributions32 helpful votes
I have been several times and each time have had a different guide who have all given slightly different information. All very informative. Ther monuments are exquisite and almosty translucent in places.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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grimreaper21 wrote a review Aug 2017
england73 contributions26 helpful votes
Hidden away in many English village churches are pieces of artwork more usually seen in great cathedrals or museums. Here in the depths of the Northamptonshire countryside there is not just one but four. They are monuments to the life and death of four generations of the Montague family who own the adjacent Boughton House, also worth a visit. Carved from white marble, housed in a purpose built chancel and lit by a huge East window the effect is stunning and totally out of keeping with the rest of the church which is fairly plain. They have recently been restored after years of neglect and layers of dirt from the church old heating system have been carefully removed. The most arresting one is the earliest one commissioned in 1749 although on a sunny day the later monument inspired by Adam is a knockout, full of sublime movement and delicate carving, the angel's wings almost translucent to light when the sun shines through them. The guides were knowledgeable and enthusiastic and since we were the only visitors we had their undivided attention. A mile or so away is Weekley church which contains monuments to an earlier generation of Montagues, reflecting different tastes and attitudes to death but worthy in their own way. Both churches are only open on certain days so check first on the website. Why jostle for position in Westminster Abbey or St Paul's when you can have all this for free and in such sublime settings? On the other hand maybe best to keep these secret places to ourselves.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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