John Dryden poet, playwright, critic was born in Aldwincle Northamptonshire in 9 August 1631 and Christened in the Church of All Saints where his grandfather was Rector.
The house in which he was born still stand in the shadow of All Saints Church.
All Saints Church is now in the care of The Church Conservation Trust as it is no longer needed for regular worship but remains as consecrated buildings and is of historical importance.
What weight of ancient witness can prevail,
If private reason hold the public scale?
But gracious God, how well does thou provide
For erring judgements an unerring guide!
Thy throne is darkness in the abyss of light,
A blaze of glory that forbids the sight.
O teach me to believe thee thus concealed,
And search no further than thyself revealed;
But her alone for my director take,
Whom thou hast promised never to forsake!
John Dryden From Confessio Fidei