Houghton-next-Harpley: St Martin, Houghton
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Situated in the deer park of Houghton Hall, this charming medieval church dates from 13th Century and has been enlarged and restored over the centuries and has an 18th Century interior. It is the burial place of Great Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, who rebuilt the tower as a memorial to his grandfather Sir Jeffery Burwell in about 1730.
There is an effigy of a prior of Coxford, who died in 1307, near the nave that was brought to Houghton in 1522 before the dissolution of the monasteries. On the walls hang some well-preserved hatchments, the last of which was put up in 1969 in memory of the 5th Marquess of Cholmondeley.
The congregation is small but most welcoming to visitors and local residents alike. The PCC's cake stall is a favourite destination for visitors to the annual Houghton International Horse Trials and Christmas Eve candlelit carols a traditional way to start the festivities for many local families.
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