History of Church of St Leonard Church Apethorpe

Church of St Leonard Church Apethorpe is in Apethorpe.

Around 1442. Monument to Richard Dalton of Apethorpe -1442. Unusual floor slab effigy. Armour later than 1442 circa 1500. Fluted Period. Church of St Leonard Church Apethorpe.

On 11 Sep 1617 Anthony Mildmay -1617 died. He was buried at the Church of St Leonard Church Apethorpe. His inscription reads ... Here sleepeth in the Lord with certaine hope of resurection Sr Antony Mildmay Knt eldet sonne to Sr Walter Mildmay Knt Chaunclor of the Exchequor. to Queene Elizabeth. He was Embassador from Queen Eliza: to the most Christian King of Fraunce Henry the 4th Ano. 1596; He was to Prince and Country faithful, and serviceable, in peace and warre, to freinds constant to enemies reconciliable. Bountiful and loved hospitality. He died September 11 1617.
On 27 Jul 1620 Grace Sharington 1552-1620 (68) died. She was buried at the Church of St Leonard Church Apethorpe. The inscription of her monument reads ... Here also lyeth Grace Ladie Mildmay the only wife of the saied Sr Antho: Mildmay one of the heyres of Sr Henry Sharington Knt: of Lacock in the County of Wiltes who lived 50 years maried to him and three years a widow after him. she was most devout, unspotedly chast mayd, wife, and widow, compassionate in heart, and charitably helpful with phisick, cloathes, nourishment, or counsels to any in misery, She was most careful and wise in managing worldly estate. So as her life was a blessing to hirs, and hir death she blessed them which hapned July 27 1620.
From RCHME Inventory. It is of grey veined and black marble and is partly gilded and painted. Two effigies lie on a black and white marble tomb chest beneath a baldachino consisting of a shallow dome with a cupola having round-headed openings in its drum, which give light to the interior. The baldachino is supported at each end by a rectangular pier onto which curtains, hanging from the architrave of the dome, are looped. Against the piers are standing figures representing the four Virtues, and the frieze is inscribed 'Devoute', 'Wise', 'Charitable' and 'Just'; the frieze is also inscribed 'Chaste' and 'Valiant'. The head of the figure representing Justice is modern. Seated on the cornice are smaller figures, on the E. of Faith and on the W. of Hope; on the cupola dome is a seated figure of Charity. Crowning the cornice are freestanding cartouches of arms of Mildmay (N.E. and S.E.) and Sherington (N.W. and S.W.). Against the cupola drum are shields of arms of Mildmay impaling Sherington, both quartered with alliances, and Mildmay quarterly. The W. pier of the baldachino is inscribed with a record of the setting up of the monument by Sir Francis Fane (37) in 1621. The tomb chest is enriched with emblems of mortality and eulogistically-phrased inscriptions record the lives of Sir Anthony on the S., and of Lady Grace on the N. The effigies lie on rush mats, he in Greenwich armour, she in full mantle, ruff and head-dress. The authorship of the monument is not known but the figures of the four Virtues are in the manner of Maximillian Colt (42) (cf. Cecil monument, Hatfield, Hertfordshire); the baldachino may be compared with that over the tomb of the Countess of Derby at Harefield, Middlesex, probably also by Colt (42).

Around 1585. Nicholas Hilliard Painter 1547-1619. Miniature Portrait of Anthony Mildmay -1617. Hilliard represents Mildmay standing in a luxurious tent filled with beautiful furniture preparing for a tournament surrounded by objects that allow the artist to feature a variety of rich textures including red velvet, blue ostrich feathers, and gleaming metal.Before 11 Sep 1617. Unknown Painter. Portrait of Anthony Mildmay -1617 at Emmanuel College Cambridge University which father Anthony Mildmay -1617 founded.Around 1625 Cornelius Johnson Painter 1593-1661. Portrait of Francis Fane 1st Earl Westmoreland 1580-1629.

After 1627. Monument in the Church of St Leonard Church Apethorpe to John Leigh -1627. Descended from the Leigh family of Addington. Grateful for further information as to his descent; email@twentytrees.co.uk.
Black marble panel flanked by Ionic columns supporting a frieze enriched with fruit and flowers, and an inverted broken pediment on which rest a reclining figure and a cartouche of arms of Leigh quartered with others

Undated (around 1650?) monument to Rowland Woodward in the Church of St Leonard Church Apethorpe. Black marble panel with pilasters enriched with rosettes, a crowned skull on the apron and a large cartouche of arms flanked by obelisks each inscribed 'Dum Descendit Largitur'; the arms are of Woodward impaling Grimsdith.

Battle of Vittoria

On 21 Jun 1813 Charles Fane 1781-1813 (32) was killed in action at the Battle of Vittoria. Memorial at the Church of St Leonard Church Apethorpe.

On 11 Dec 1814 Susan Gordon Countess Westmoreland 1752-1814 (62) died. Memorial in the Church of St Leonard Church Apethorpe.

On 29 Aug 1816 John Arthur Fane 1816-1816 died. He was buried in the Church of St Leonard Church Apethorpe.

On 25 Mar 1837 Maria Louisa Priscilla Fane 1822-1837 (14) died.
On 29 May 1848 George Augustus Frederick John Fane 1819-1848 (28) died.
On 22 Jan 1851 Ernest Neville Fitzroy Fane 1824-1851 (27) died. Both brothers and sister were buried at the Church of St Leonard Church Apethorpe.

On 16 Oct 1859 John Fane 11th Earl Westmoreland 1784-1859 (75) died. His son Francis William Henry Fane 12th Earl Westmoreland 1825-1891 (33) succeeded 12th Earl Westmoreland 2C 1624. Adelaide Ida Curzon Howe Countess Westmoreland 1835-1903 (24) by marriage Countess Westmoreland.
On 18 Feb 1879 Priscilla Anne Wellesley Pole Countess Westmoreland 1793-1879 (85) died. Both were buried at the Church of St Leonard Church Apethorpe.

1850. Julia Goodman née Salaman Painter 1812-1906. Portrait of John Fane 11th Earl Westmoreland 1784-1859.

On 31 Jul 1860 George Neville John Fane 1858-1860 (1) died. Memorial in the Church of St Leonard Church Apethorpe.

On 19 Apr 1870 Julian Henry Charles Fane 1827-1870 (42) died. On 20 Oct 1868 Adine Eliza Anne Cowper 1840-1868 died. Memorial in the Church of St Leonard Church Apethorpe.

On 03 Aug 1891 Francis William Henry Fane 12th Earl Westmoreland 1825-1891 (65) died. His son Anthony Fane 13th Earl Westmoreland 1859-1922 (31) succeeded 13th Earl Westmoreland 2C 1624.
In 1903 Adelaide Ida Curzon Howe Countess Westmoreland 1835-1903 (68) died.
Memorial in the Church of St Leonard Church Apethorpe and graves in churchyard.

 Interior of the Church of St Leonard Church Apethorpe

After 23 May 1966. Memorial to Cecil George Armitage Preston 1903-1966 Vicar of the Church of St Leonard Church Apethorpe.