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About Our Parish

Do I live in St Matthew’s Parish?

Please refer to the map to the left. This should help you decide whether or not you are resident within the ecclesiastical parish. Knowing which parish you live in is of particular importance when you are wanting to get married in church or seeking baptism. Please refer to our guidelines to the law.

For the most part, the parish boundary travels along the middle of the road, where those resident on one side of a road are within the bounds of the parish and those on the other are not. In each case those resident within the parish will be living on the side nearest St Matthew’s Church, as follows:


on the southwest side of Park Avenue North

the northwest side of Abington Avenue

the north side of Abington Grove and Kingsley Road

There may be particular uncertainty where the parish boundary crosses a road, as is the case at the north end of Park Avenue North, the Kettering Road, and Hazeldene Road. In these cases we will be able to help you.

The ecclesiastical parish is a relatively small, densely-populated area of approximately one mile square, situated one-and-a-half miles from Northampton town centre.

The parish is predominantly residential consisting of Victorian terraces, between the Wars semi-detached dwellings, and a pocket of substantial Edwardian houses in the vicinity of the church. The housing is broadly indicative of the social diversity to be found in the area.

Approximately 7000 people live in the parish. The age demographic of residents is gradually shifting downward as terraced housing in particular comes onto the market. There are several marked sub-communities, and the Kettering Road is an important psychological divide within the locality. Several ethnic minorities are represented, in particular those of African, Caribbean and Eastern European origin. These are well represented in our congregations.

The parish boundaries are ‘porous’ in that worshippers within the township routinely travel to a church of choice. The majority of worshippers at St Matthew's live within the town.

Apart from shops and essential services most people travel out of the parish to work. Many work in education, the service industries and commerce, though a full range is represented.

There is one primary school within the parish and several just over our borders who look to us in specific ways. A campus of the University of Northampton, Malcolm Arnold Academy, and the County Cricket Ground are nearby. We minister to a significant number of residential and nursing homes in the parish. There are two large parks nearby which attract many family-based activities.

  About Our Parish  

Learn about the parish of
St Matthew's and how the church serves as a spiritual and cultural hub.


Parish Pastoral Team


Discover the areas of responsibility encompassed by the Parish Pastoral Team.


Caring For Our Heritage


Read about the remedial work that was carried out at
St Matthew's church in aid of securing the future of this Grade II listed building and spiritual home.


Caring For Our Heritage Gallery


View photos of the remedial work recently carried out.



Views of St Matthew's



Browse through our photo gallery of interesting views of
St Matthew's


Floodlighting of the church


Celebrate an anniversary or remember a loved one with flowers or by floodlighting the Church for the evening.




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