Do I live in St Matthew’s
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:
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.
ecclesiastical parish is a relatively small, densely-populated area of approximately one mile square,
situated one-and-a-half miles from Northampton town
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