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Grafton Underwood, St James the Apostle

Grafton Underwood, St James

Grafton Underwood, St James

A late 13th/early 14th century gothic church with interventions in the 18th century – the pulpit, and in the 19th century – stained glass. On the outside huge grotesque gargoyles, the inside slightly plain but with some good monuments. Monuments Here lie the tombs of the Lords Gowran who lived at Fermyn Wood in the 17th and 18th century. The 1st Earl of Gowran (1643- 1676) was a son of James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde, the great Irish Jacobite peer. Young Butler was ennobled in 1676 the same year as his marriage to Anne, daughter of Arthur Chichester, 1st Earl of Donegal. None of this last long as he died in Paris that year of consumption. The Barony of Gowran was recreated for another Irishman, Richard Fitzpatrick (1662-1727). He is the first to be commemorated here. He was a ...

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Contact & Opening Times

No. 3 Rectory Hill
NN14 4AH

Opening Times

 The church is open during daylight hours.


Contact Details

All enquiries about church services to churchwardens:

John Hainsworth – 01536 330407

Richard Walters – 01536 330380



Telephone: 01536 330263

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