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Coughton Court's churches

The view from the roof at Coughton Court, Warwickshire, towards the two churches.
The two churches at Coughton Court | © National Trust Images/Andreas von Einsiedel

There are two churches of differing denominations to visit at Coughton Court; St Peter’s Church and St Peter, St Paul and St Elizabeth’s Church. See the tomb that laid unoccupied for over 350 years, a font which could date back to Saxon times, and stained glass by John Hardman.

St Peter’s Church

Found next to the house this church was built in the late 15th century by Sir Robert Throckmorton. It began life as a Catholic Church but, following Henry VIII's Reformation, is now Church of England.

St Peter's Church at Coughton Court, Warwickshire, viewed from the garden
St Peter's Church | © National Trust Images/Bill Alloway

An unoccupied tomb

Inside the church look out for the original tomb intended as the resting place of Sir Robert but left empty for over 350 years after he died on pilgrimage in the holy land.

In 1791 his descendant, another Sir Robert Throckmorton, 4th Baronet, was laid to rest in the tomb instead.

A family burial

Also inside the church is the tomb of Sir George Throckmorton, son of the original Sir Robert, and his wife Katherine Vaux. Images of their 19 children can be seen on the cover of the tomb.

One of these children, another Sir Robert Throckmorton, is interred close to his parents. Portraits of both this Sir Robert and his mother, Katherine Vaux, can be seen in the house along with information about their importance in Throckmorton family history.

Keeping time

Other items of note in and around the church are the font and sundial, which some suggest could be of Saxon origin.

The late 17th-century clock chimes the hour on one of the three bells cast by Bagleys of Chacombe in 1686.

Catholic Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Elizabeth at Coughton Court, Warwickshire, viewed through the trees
Catholic Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Elizabeth | © National Trust Images/Bill Alloway

Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Elizabeth

Close by St Peter’s Church is the Catholic Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Elizabeth. It was commissioned by Sir Robert Throckmorton, 8th Baronet, soon after the emancipation acts were passed which permitted the building of non-Anglican places of worship.

Old and modern style

Designed by the Catholic Architect Charles Hansom (brother of J A Hansom, inventor of the Hansom Cab) it was erected in 1857 but reflects the church building style of the 14th century.

Some of the stained glass is by John Hardman, an artist who worked closely with Pugin and was a pioneer of the stained-glass revival in the 19th century.

Visitors walking along a hedge-lined path with the house behind them in the garden at Coughton Court, Warwickshire

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