SHINE is a historical journey linking five of Northamptonshire's finest churches through a celebration of their unique heritage

All Saints' Church, Earls Barton

1st October 2011

All Saints Church, Earls Barton dates from the tenth century, when many churches were rebuilt and monasteries erected. It offers us insight into both Saxon and Norman history, as the Normans enlarged the church twice.

Like Brixworth, Earls Barton was within the kingdom of Mercia, and it is believed the village is built on the site of an ancient Iron Age Hill Fort. Originally working in shoe manufacturing and the production of broadcloth, the people of Earls Barton turned to rearing sheep after the plague struck in 1349.

Shine at Earls Barton took place during a balmy Indian summer night, and what seemed like the whole village appeared in the churchyard to enjoy the illuminations. They were in for a surprise when the Reverend Miranda Hayes appeared in the tower's doorway! Singing inside the church were the All Saints Church Choir and Earls Barton Music, who included songs written particularly about the church's Anglo-Saxon history.



To coincide with Shine, The Mighty Creatives kindly sponsored children and young adults from Northamptonshire to learn film-making skills and techniques in a series of workshops. These newfound skills were used to document the Shine events in their area, reporting for The Mighty Creatives' Journals Project and local archives.

Audio Tour

Watch This Space created internal audio tours for each of the five Shine churches. You can listen to the tour for All Saints, Earls Barton using the player below, or download it to a mobile device and use it to explore the church next time you visit.


A selection of images from Shine in Earls Barton. Click on the thumbnails to scroll through.

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