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Grafton Regis, St Mary

Grafton Regis, St Mary

A royal village indelibly linked with Edward lV's Queen, Elizabeth Woodville and with Charles ll who gave this crown property to his natural son Henry FitzRoy, Duke of Grafton.

In the church there is a small museum collection of relics from the Woodville period together with useful explanatory notes. The monument to the Queen’s grandfather, Sir John Wydevyl (as it is spelled on his etched slab) is now situated at the west end of the church. It was he who added to tower to the building at around 1400.

The FitzRoy family emerge in a number of handsome wall tablets, the best of which is by John Flaxman, R.A. to Charlotte, Countess of Euston (d.1808) – Grecian in style with a pair of protective white marble figures, Faith and Hope.

In 2011 these memorials were extended when one to Vice Admiral Robert FitzRoy (d.1865) was put up by his descendant. He had been Captain of H.M.S Beagle on which Darwin served, the designer FitzRoy Barometer, and a pioneer of weather forecasting. All this to be found in a 13th century church which retains a good Norman tub faced font.

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

Contact & Opening Times

St Mary the Virgin, Bozenham Mill Lane, Grafton Regis, Northamptonshire, NN12 7SS|
[email protected]|

Opening Times

The church is normally open during daylight hours.


Contact Details

In the first instance, please contact:

Jean Glanville – 01908 543463

Charles FitzRoy – 07500 115222

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