St Martin at Tours, Houghton-next-Harpley

Church open during Houghton Hall season (see website for details).
Wheelchair accessible
Parking nearby
Footpath, trail or cycle route
Grade I

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The Church of St Martin at Tours is situated in the vast deer park of Houghton Hall, now home to the Cholmondeley family, and continues to serve the village. Sir Robert Walpole, Britain's first Prime Minister, built the Hall in the 1720s and is buried in the church. There was once a village here before it was rebuilt elsewhere by Robert Walpole. The majority of the building dates to the 19th century. The tower was added by Robert Walpole. In the nave is an impressive life-sized effigy of the Prior of Coxford who died in 1307. Notice the dragon at his feet. There is an impressive array of hatchments, including one to the 5th Marquess of Cholmondeley who died in 1969.

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