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Pytchley Church Heritage Trust

The Parochial Church Council encouraged the setting up of the Pytchley Church Heritage Trust in 2007. The Trust is a registered charity (number 1132040) whose purpose is to raise funds for the upkeep and improvement of the parish church. We seek to raise funds partly by encouraging the use of the church for concerts, exhibitions, meetings and other events. The idea is to raise interest in this ancient building among those who do not attend church as well as among those who do. The trustees include both churchgoers and non-churchgoers.

Anyone interested can become a Friend of Pytchley Church.


In 2010 the Trust launched the Tower Project Appeal.  Read all about it here (pdf file).  By June 2011 approximately £53,000 had been raised towards the target of £56,000.  The work involved in the Project started in April.

The Trust has organised several concerts.  Among other events was a very successful and well-attended Exhibition on the history of the village in October 2008.
On Saturday 7th July 2012 there was be a Summer Concert in the church by the Arnold Camerata Wind Quintet. Click here for details

Contacts: Chairman, Michael Walsh Tel: 01536 790984 Secretary, Shaun Tyson Tel 01536 790935




The Sir Peter Crane Memorial Lectures – will be held in All Saint’s Church Pytchley on Saturday Morning 5th April 2014.  These lectures will focus on a fascinating period in local history, namely the emigrations of 1838, 1844 and 1850, when sixty parishioners departed from Pytchley for Australia.  There will be two lectures

 ‘For I was Tired of England Sir’ – Pytchley’s pauper emigrants

 Presented by Dr. Gary Howell

 Gary graduated in History from Oxford University and undertook his research on 19th Century emigration in Northampton, being awarded his doctorate from Leicester University.   He has published widely in the field, and is currently Assistant Headmaster at the London Oratory School.  The title of his lecture is taken from a letter written on board ship by Samuel Simpson, one of the emigrants, to the vicar of Pytchley, the Rev. Abner Brown. 


‘The Good Sheperd’ – Expediting the emigration – the Rev. Abner Brown 

 Presented by Rosemary Eady

 Rosemary is a Trustee of The Pytchley Church Heritage Trust, a Council Member of the Northamptonshire Record Society, and a Member of the Northamptonshire Archives Panel. Her lecture is on Abner William Brown, who was born in Jamaica in 1800.  He was the Vicar of Pytchley from 1831-1851, and then Vicar of Gretton from 1851-1872.


10.30am for 11.00am Start. Tea / coffee available from 10.30am


Tickets to be purchased in advance:  £10, including a buffet lunch at 1.00pm

Available from: Mike Walsh:  

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