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 have resumed in St John the Baptist Church, Harringworth with full details in the Benefice Newsletter and online – click below for more information.

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 Warden
Jane McLean 01572 747755

Parochial Church Council

Elected members:

The Rev’d Canon Jane Baxter, Chair
Mrs Jane McLean, Secretary & Church Warden
Bernadette Oakey, Treasurer
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).