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Apethorpe, St Leonard

Apethorpe, St Leonard

Apethorpe, St Leonard

This archetypal medieval church is set in the heart of the village. It abuts a clearly later square tower (1633) topped by a good spire and on the south side a chapel, refashioned in 1621, juts into the churchyard. These two later changes reflect the patronage of the Fane (later Earls of Westmorland) who inherited the estate from the Mildmays. The latter had arrived here in the 1550’s and were the original creators of Apethorpe Hall / Palace, one of the most magnificent 16th century houses in the county. The south chapel became their mausoleum centred on the truly magnificent tomb to Anthony Mildmay (d. 1613) by the royal sculptor Maximilian Colt. Raised on a great marble plinth it is like a huge four poster bed with it’s curtains drawn back by the Cardinal Virtues: above a dome and lantern where perch Faith, Hope and Charity. Beyond can be glimpsed the beautifully coloured contemporary English stained glass windows. Elsewhere in the body of the church you will discover further examples of this family’s generosity – 18th century marble font, panelled pulpit and coloured glass above the high altar by John Rowell of High Wycombe, 1732. The painting of Christ walking upon the Waters is by the Scottish artist Robert Scott Lauder (1803 – 1869).

Please refer to the Glossary for any terms in the text that you are unfamiliar with.

Contact & Opening Times

1 Bridge Street

Opening Times

Church open daily, 8am - 6pm


Contact Details

Email: Rev. Tailby - [email protected]

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