History of St Andrew's Church Wimpole

St Andrew's Church Wimpole is in Wimpole.

St Andrew's Church Wimpole consisting of a structurally undivided Chancel and Nave, and a North Chapel, stands in a small churchyard which has been extended to the S. since the 18th century. The walls are mostly of red brick with freestone and clunch dressings, but the W. end and the adjoining last bays of either side wall are in freestone and clunch ashlar, as is the N. chapel. The roofs are slated.

Much of the infomation describing the church and monument sourced from British History RCHME Inventory Volumes.

Around 1400. Window in the Chicheley Chapel at St Andrew's Church Wimpole from the late 14th early 15th Century depicting alliances of the Ufford family (who are thought to have owned the manor of Wimpole before the Chicheleys) and the Plantagenets through the marriage of Ralph Ufford 1302-1346 (98) and Maud Plantagenet Countess Ulster 1310-1377 (90), daughter of Henry Plantagenet 3rd Earl of Leicester 3rd Earl Lancaster 1281-1345 .

From top to bottom, left to right:

Tiptoft. The Tiptoft family owned the nearby manor of Harleston.

Bardolf.

Avenell. The Avenell family once held a manor in Wimpole.

Telemache Arms.

Ufford. Believed to be the arms of William Ufford 2nd Earl Suffolk 1338-1382 (61). Note the difference of an annulet argent (white) in the top left corner.

Bohun. Possibly William Bohun 1st Earl of Northampton 1309-1361 (90).

Henry Plantagenet 3rd Earl of Leicester 3rd Earl Lancaster 1281 1345. Possibly Henry Plantagenet 3rd Earl of Leicester 3rd Earl Lancaster 1281-1345 although the label doesn't appear to have the fleur de lys of France.

Bassingbourne Arms.

Engaine Arms. John de Engaine lived in Huntingdonshire.

Lisle. Possibly Robert Lisle 1st Baron Lisle 1288-1344. Robert settled at nearby Rampton.

Robert Ufford 1st Earl Suffolk 1298-1369 who married Margaret Norwich Countess Suffolk 1286-1368 whose father Walter Norwich 1274-1329 owned the manor of Cobbs in Wimpole.

England Edward III

Ufford with a label three points. Believed to be Robert Ufford who predeceased his father Robert Ufford 1st Earl Suffolk 1298-1369.

Bassingbourne Arms.

The figure in the middle is believed to represent William Ufford 2nd Earl Suffolk 1338-1382 (61).

From an original description by James C Powell 1903.

On 18 Nov 1616 or 19 Nov 1616 Thomas Chicheley of Wimpole 1578-1616 (38) died. He was buried in St Andrew's Church Wimpole. Jacobean Period. Two-stage altar tomb in alabaster and black marble with miniature effigies in the lower stage, inscription panels and shield of Chicheley impaled, supporting a recumbent effigy in armour. Tassets.

On 07 Jun 1671 Richard Beek died. Buried at St Andrew's Church Wimpole.

On 10 Jul 1759 Catherine Blount Freeman 1737-1759 (22) died of a malignant fever. She was buried at St Andrew's Church Wimpole. Armorial Yorke differencede with a crescent to indicate son of the current holder; her husband Charles Yorke 1722-1770 (36) with an inescutcheon of Freeman Arms quartered with unknown arms two lions passant guardant with a bordure engrailed.

Stylised sarcophagus in white veined marble, bearing a white inscription panel; above is an urn in brown marble against a grey background standing on a base of three steps around which are grouped three putti: two garlanding the urn while the third stands by in dejection with reversed torch; in front of the steps is a portrait medallion and at the base of the sarcophagus is an achievement of arms; signed 'JAMES STUART (46), INVT. PR. SCHEEMAKERS (68), SCULP. MDCCLXI'.

In 1756 Thomas Hudson Painter 1701-1779. Portrait of Charles Yorke 1722-1770.

After 06 Mar 1764. St Andrew's Church Wimpole. Monument to Philip Yorke 1st Earl Hardwicke 1690-1764 and Margaret Cocks Countess Hardwicke -1761.

Framed inscription panel in white marble surmounted by an enriched sarcophagus in brown veined marble against a grey obelisk to which is affixed an achievement of arms in oval frame; around the base are putti with wreaths and emblems of office; on each side, life-size figures, one of Athene; two medallions on the sarcophagus depict the Earl (73) and Countess; signed 'J. STUART (51), INVT P. SCHEEMAKERS, SCULPR (73).'

1763. William Hoare 1707-1792. Portrait of Philip Yorke 1st Earl Hardwicke 1690-1764 wearing the Robes of Lord Keeper of the Great Seal and holding the Great Seal. In 1756 Thomas Hudson Painter 1701-1779. Portrait of Philip Yorke 1st Earl Hardwicke 1690-1764. Before 1723 Godfrey Kneller 1646-1723. Portrait of Margaret Cocks Countess Hardwicke -1761.

On 25 Jun 1766 Elizabeth Lygon 1742-1766 (24) died of consumption. She was buried at St Andrew's Church Wimpole. White marble inscription scroll flanked by putti beneath a shaped cornice enriched with torches and an urn, and with apron framing a cartouche of arms

On 20 Jan 1770 Charles Yorke 1722-1770 (47) died. He was buried at St Andrew's Church Wimpole. Grey marble obelisk on break-front pedestal of white marble with inscription tablet flanked by festoons and frieze carved with emblems of the Chancellor's office; at the base of the obelisk two putti unveil a portrait medallion and at the apex is an achievement of arms; signed 'P. SCHEEMAKER (79) FaT'.

On 16 May 1790 Philip Yorke 2nd Earl Hardwicke 1720-1790 (69) died. Philip Yorke 3rd Earl Hardwicke 1757-1834 (32) succeeded 3rd Earl Hardwicke. He was buried at St Andrew's Church Wimpole.

After 1806. Thomas Phillips 1770-1845. Portrait of Philip Yorke 3rd Earl Hardwicke 1757-1834.

After 16 May 1790. St Andrew's Church Wimpole. Monument to Philip Yorke 2nd Earl Hardwicke 1720-1790. White marble stele carved in bold relief with a kneeling female mourner garlanding an urn; signed 'T. BANKS, R.A. SCULPT.'.

On 02 Nov 1791 Charles Yorke 1762-1791 (29) died. On 05 Jul 1795 Mary York 1767-1795 (27) died. Both buried at St Andrew's Church Wimpole.

On 02 Dec 1792 Joseph Yorke 1st Baron Dover 1724-1792 (68) died without issue. Baron Dover 2C 1788 extinct. Buried at St Andrew's Church Wimpole.

Inscription panel surmounted by a sarcophagus with flanking trophies and small medallions of arms in the apron; signed 'J. Bacon Sculptor (52): London 1798'

On 04 Sep 1801 John Yorke 1728-1801 (73) died. He was buried at St Andrew's Church Wimpole. Of white marble in the Greek manner, in bold relief; two parents, hands clasped, stand in attitudes of grief at a tomb, with a reclining child at their feet; below is an inscription; signed 'R. WESTMACOTT, A.R.A. LONDON' (26)

Around 1750. William Hoare 1707-1792. Portrait of John Yorke 1728-1801.

On 30 Dec 1820 Agneta Johnson 1740-1820 (80) died. Buried at St Andrew's Church Wimpole.

Inscription tablet flanked by pilasters with figures of her husband in robes of state and of two sons, and with medallion portrait at the head, all in white marble, signed 'J. FLAXMAN (65), R.A. Sculptor'

Before 1826 . John Jackson Painter 1778-1831. Portrait of John Flaxman 1755-1826. Around 1797. Henry Howard Painter 1769-1847. Portrait of John Flaxman 1755-1826. Before 07 Dec 1826. Henry Howard Painter 1769-1847. Portrait of John Flaxman 1755-1826.

On 05 May 1831 Admiral Joseph Sydney Yorke 1768-1831 (62) drowned when the boat in which he was travelling was hit by lightning. He was buried at St Andrew's Church Wimpole.

Large grey marble panel with achievement of arms, descriptive tablet with naval trophies and emblems, and a female mourner, all in white marble.

On 13 Mar 1834 Charles Philip Yorke 1764-1834 (70) died without issue one day after his seventieth birthday. On 10 May 1854 Harriet Manningham 1763-1790 (90) died. Both buried at St Andrew's Church Wimpole.

Framed inscription panel with achievement of arms, supported by consoles and surmounted by a sarcophagus, in various marbles, signed by Thomas Denman (44).

The quote 'Et Nos Aliquod' appears to refer to Vergils Aeneid Paragraph 57 Sentence 4 "et nos aliquod nomenque decusque gessimus." meaning "I also had some name and respect".

Around 1782 George Romney Painter 1734-1802. Portrait of Charles Philip Yorke 1764-1834.

After 18 Nov 1834. St Andrew's Church Wimpole. Monument to Philip Yorke 3rd Earl Hardwicke 1757-1834.

Altar tomb with shaped ends and recumbent effigy in Garter robes with Leg Garter, all in white marble; the ends of the tomb chest are carved with arms and heraldic emblems; signed 'R. WESTMACOTT, JUNR, A.R.A. (35) 1844'.

On 18 Nov 1834 Philip Yorke 3rd Earl Hardwicke 1757-1834 (77) died. He was buried in St Andrew's Church Wimpole. Charles Yorke 4th Earl Hardwicke 1799-1873 (35) succeeded 4th Earl Hardwicke. Susan Liddell Countess Hardwicke 1810-1886 (24) by marriage Countess Hardwicke.

In 1852 Flora Elizabeth Campbell -1852 died in childbirth. Buried at St Andrew's Church Wimpole.

On 16 Jul 1861 Henry Eliot Yorke 1838-1861 (23) died in India.

After 26 May 1858. St Andrew's Church Wimpole. Memorial to Elizabeth Lindsay Countess Hardwicke 1763-1858.

On 11 Feb 1873 Elliot Constantine Yorke 1843-1878 (29) and Annie Henrietta Rothschild 1844–1926 (29) were married. No issue. The marriage was solemnised the next day at St Andrew's Church Wimpole.

On 17 Sep 1873 Charles Yorke 4th Earl Hardwicke 1799-1873 (74) died. Charles Philip "Champagne Charlie" Yorke 5th Earl Hardwicke 1836-1897 (37) succeeded 5th Earl Hardwicke. Sophia Georgiana Robertina Wellesley Countess Hardwicke 1840-1923 (33) by marriage Countess Hardwicke.St Andrew's Church Wimpole.

On 22 Nov 1886 Susan Liddell Countess Hardwicke 1810-1886 (76) died. Monument in St Andrew's Church Wimpole.

Chicheley Chapel at St Andrew's Church Wimpole.

Chancel of St Andrew's Church Wimpole.