St. Mark's Church
St. Mark's sits
right next to Englefield House down a private estate road. There are often
deer grazing in the adjoining deer park and somehow you feel you are
intruding by visiting the church. It is a public place of worship though
and even the gardens of the house are open to the public on weekdays in
the Summer. Despite the Victorian rebuilding there are still many medieval
fittings in the church and the Englefield family and their successors at
Englefield House are, of course, widely in evidence. The tiny Englefield
chapel is crammed full of their monuments and even the Easter Sepulchre is
reused as a memorial to Sir Thomas
Englefield, the Speaker of the House of Commons. Note the monument to John
Paulet, the Marquis of Winchester who defended Basing House during
the Civil War. It has an
epitaph by Dryden.
Architecture: Victorian estate church of 1857 incorporating many earlier features of a mostly 13th century building with a nave of about 1190.
Monuments: Roger Englefield 1317 Effigy; Joan Englefield 1340 Wooden effigy; Sir Thomas Englefield 1514 Lost brass kneeling figures; John Englefield 1605 Kneeling & recumbent figures; John Paulet, 5th Marquis of Winchester 1677 Heraldic; Mary Benyon 1777 Death scene; Richard Benyon 1854 Religious scene.
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