Holy Trinity Church, Blatherwycke, Northamptonshire

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Main Street, Stamford, Northamptonshire, PE8 6YW
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A plum pudding for old men

With its tower seen standing behind a curtain of trees, above a lake and close to the stables of the vanished mansion, this lovely church dates back to the twelfth century and enjoys a memorable setting. The church is partly Norman but shows work from most centuries from the twelfth onwards and its roofs are tiled with Collyweston slates. The windows are filled with dazzling stained glass some by J R Clayton and C E Kempe and Co.

In addition to monuments to the Stafford and O'Brien families who lived here, there is a 1650 tablet by Nicholas Stone engagingly commemorating the poet Thomas Randolf, who ended a short and dissipated life while visiting Blatherwycke. There is also one with a bequest of 'a plum pudding on Christmas day'; to six old, poor men in the parish.

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