Church Monuments Society

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Four Northamptonshire Churches


Michael Thompson & Jean Wilson are leading this excursion to churches in the villages of Thornhaugh, Apethorpe, Fotheringhay and Blatherwyck. To keep costs down, no coach is being hired. We will meet in the car park of the Haycock Hotel, Wansford on the A1. Thornhaugh and Apethorpe will be visited in the morning. We will arrive at the beautiful village of Fotheringhay in time for lunch [not included in the price], and visit the church afterwards and then drive to Blatherwyck. At Thornhaugh there is an important monument to the Russell family [later Dukes of Bedford], which was overlooked in the first editions of Pevsner (probably because of boundary changes), at Apethorpe are monuments of the Dalton, Mildmay and Fane [Earls of Westmoreland] families. At Fotheringhay, the outstanding monuments are the two commissioned by Queen Elizabeth I for the second and third Dukes of York. At Blatherwyck, the most significant monument is that to the poet Thomas Randolph, by Nicholas Stone, commissioned by Sir Christopher Hatton of Kirby Hall.

* another church may be added to this itinerary, depending on timings.

Notes will be available nearer the date.

We will leave the hotel carpark at 9.45am. It may be possible to meet a few members at Huntingdon and Stamford train stations, but this does depend on timetables. The charge for the day is £20, to cover donations to the PCCs. To book a place please email Michael Thompson, the treasurer, via the contact form or write to him [see address on back cover of Newsletter]. Payment may be made via PayPal or cheque.



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