The Church of St John the Baptist

We welcome visitors to all our Services and the Church is open every day.

The Benefice

Harringworth is one of seven Parishes that form the Lyddington Benefice under the Reverend Canon Jane Baxter and her team. Each month all households get a copy of the Benefice Newsletter so they are kept in touch with their own village and the Benefice.

Church Services

Services resume in Harringworth

Church Service are resuming in Harringworth at the end of Lockdown 2.0 with a Family Service on Sunday 6th December at 10.45am; everyone is most welcome. You are asked to wear a mask and use hand sanitiser on arrival; sit in your household bubble; well spaced from others, in alternate rows.  

Christmas 2020

Although we cannot have our usual variety of services this year, we look forward to welcoming    d g
Because we must maintain social distancing, we are asking people to let us know which services they would like to attend. 

Carol Services
Sunday 20th December
Christmas Music and Readings, Caldecott 4.00pm 
Christmas Music and Readings Harringworth 4.00pm 
Christmas Music and Readings Bisbrooke 6.00pm 
Christmas Music and Readings Stoke Dry 6.00pm

Christmas Services
Tuesday 22nd December
Christmas Music and Readings     Seaton    7.00pm

Christmas Eve, 24th December    
Drop-in Christingle    Lyddington    4.00pm
Family Communion with music Harringworth at 6.00pm

Christmas Day, 25th December
Family Communion with music    Bisbrooke    9.30am
Family Service with music and readings    Caldecott    11.00am
Drop-in and Welcome Christmas  Glaston  11.00am 
Holy Communion (BCP)    Lyddington 8.30am 
Family Service with music and readings    Seaton    9.30am
Holy Communion (BCP)    Stoke Dry    11.00am

Sunday, 27th December
Benefice Holy Communion   St John the Evangelist, Caldecott    10.30am

Booking Attendance at Christmas Services
Each Church in the Benefice has a unique email for you to book your attendance at the Christmas Services.  Please let us know which Service(s) you plan to attend, how many people are in your household bubble and if you are also booking for an additional household, who will need to sit apart from you. Look out for the Benefice Newsletter for more information.

Click on link below to email the Harringworth St John the Baptist. If you have any questions please contact Nigel Lugg on 01572 747210.

All the services are posted online – click the link below or see further details in the Benefice Newsletter.

Contact the Vicar or Church Wardens

If you wish to make contact with the Vicar or Church Wardens:

The Rev Canon Jane Baxter  / 01572 822717

Church Wardens
Nigel Lugg 01572 747210 and Jane McLean 01572 747755

Parochial Church Council

Elected members:

The Rev’d Canon Jane Baxter, Chair
Mrs Jane McLean, Secretary & Church Warden
Mr Nigel Lugg, Treasurer & Church Warden
Mrs Mary Bremner, Electoral Roll Officer
Mr Nick Gasson, Health & Safety Officer
Mrs Sue Reading
Mrs Jan Gray
Mrs Liz Mitchell
Mr Ian Saunders

The Church of St John the Baptist is a Grade 1 listed structure, and has a 12th Century Tower, with a 14th Century spire, with carved heads (one with its tongue sticking out!) The top of the spire was renewed in 1892. In the tower and on the church walls are lists of benefactions to the Parish.

The original porch was 15th Century, North door 14th Century, and South doorway 15th Century. The Porch was rebuilt at various times, and last in 1909. The arches are 13th Century, the outer one having dog-tooth moulding. The inner arch is supported by one of the Tudor period.

The Nave has 14ft Century arcades with four arches on each side. Most of the South Aisle roofs are original, and have old bosses of curving stone. The Tryon family are buried in the vault in the North Aisle, the ornate wrought iron work is thought to be by Jean Tijou (1650–1712).

The interior of the Church has many carved heads, especially in the South- west comer of the North Aisle. The exterior has double-gabled buttresses on the South aisle, and two grotesques at the East end of the Chancel.

The Church was thoroughly restored during the incumbency of Rev. F.S. Edmonds, Vicar 1886-1898, and the work was completed in 1892. The Nave had been previously seated with box pews facing North, and the Pulpit placed with its back to the Tryon vault.

The East Window was the gift of the parishioners and others, in memory of those who gave their lives in the l9l4–1918 war.

The Hatchment with the arms of the Tryon and Brereton families was to Thomas Tryon who died in 1825.

One ancient carved bench end survives beside the North door. The organ was formerly in Deene Church, Northants. The Vestry was possibly made from a family pew. The large hook is to remove burning material from thatches.

The tower contains six bells and a clock, which was erected in 1877, at a cost of £100 by Lt. Col. Tryon (Kelly’s Directory 1940).