St Martin's Church Stamford is in Stamford.
After 19 Mar 1553. St Martin's Church Stamford. Monument to Richard Cecil 1495-1553 and his wife Jane Heckington -1587. Kneeling figures under an elaborate cornice. Attributed to Cornelius Cure Sculptor -1607. Elizabethan Period.
On 04 Aug 1598 William Cecil 1st Baron Burghley 1520-1598 (77) died. Thomas Cecil 1st Earl Exeter 1542-1623 (56) succeeded 2nd Baron Burghley. He was buried at St Martin's Church Stamford with a large free-standing Elizabethan Period monument under the north chapel arch, in coloured marbles with a figure on tomb chest under an arched canopy supported on paired columns. Attributed to Cornelius Cure Sculptor -1607. The emblem of the Knights of the Garter on William's left shoulder. Leg Garter. In his right-hand he is holding the Lord Treasurer Staff of Office; originally white.
The inscription one the monument is on contained within three panels: two on the south (Chancel) side, and one on the north (Chapel) side.
Sacred to God most good and great, and to memory. The most honourable and far renowned Lord William Cecil, Baron of Burghley, Lord High Treasurer of England, President of the Court of Wards, knight of the most noble order of the Garter, Privy Counsellor to the most serene Elizabeth, Queen of England, &c., and Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, under this tomb awaits the second coming of Christ: Who for the excellent endowments of the mind, was first made Privy Counsellor to Edward the sixth, King of England; afterwards to Queen Elizabeth: under whom being intrusted with the greatest and most weighty affairs of this kingdom, and above all others approved, in promoting the true religion, and providing for the safety and honour of the commonwealth; by his prudence, honesty, integrity, and great services to the nation, he obtained the highest honours: and when he had long enough to nature, long enough for glory, but not long enough to his country, quietly fell asleep in Christ. He had two wives: Mary, sister of Sir John Cheeke (84), knight, of whom ie begat one son, Thomas (56), now Baron of Burghley; and Mildred (72), daughter of Sir Anthony Cooke (94), knight, who bore to him Sir Robert Cecil (35), knight, Privy Counsellor to Queen Elizabeth and President of the Court of Wards; Anne (41), married to Edward, Earl of Oxford (48); and Elizabeth (34) to William Wentworth (43), eldest son of Baron Wentworth (73).
On 29 Aug 1700 John Cecil 5th Earl Exeter 1648-1700 (52) died. John Cecil 6th Earl Exeter 1674-1721 (26) succeeded 6th Earl Exeter, 7th Baron Burghley. Elizabeth Brownlow Countess Exeter 1681-1723 (19) by marriage Countess Exeter.
He was buried at St Martin's Church Stamford. Monument to John Cecil and his wife Anne Cavendish Countess Exeter 1649-1704 (51) sculpted by the French sculptor Pierre Etienne Monnot Sculptor 1657-1733 (43) who was working in Rome. Neo-classical statuary group. One of the finest tombs of its day in the country, displaying strong antique tendencies as befits its Roman creation.