Principal home of the Catesby family from 1375 to the first part of the 1600s. The manor was briefly confiscated in 1485 following the execution of William Catesby, a principle councilor to Richard III, who had been captured by Henry Tudor at the Battle of Bosworth (22 August 1485). The manor next came to prominence when Robert Catesby (1573 – November 8, 1605), became the originator of the Gunpowder Plot to blow up James I and Parliament in 1605.
The church of All Saints as Burton Dassett in Warwickshire dates from the early C12 through to C13. The walls were plastered with 'daub', lime, chopped straw and animal hair and over which various wall painting have been executed. At various times over the centuries the paintings have been whitewashed over and replaced with new works. These include from the C13 depiction of the 'Doom' to highly ornamented texts..
What makes All Saints Middleton Cheney special is the stained glass work by Morris & co. The East window memorial to William Croome (d1865) was designed by the company 1864. The figures below the tracery lights represents the twelve tribes of the Apolcalypse. Below are representations off Adam, Noah, David, Isiah, St Peter, St. Paul, St Augustine, St Catherine, Abraham, Moses, Eve, the Virgin, Magdalene, and St Agnes.
The Censing Angels, Seraphim, St Peter, St Augustine, St Catherine, Eve, the Virgin, Mary Magdalene, and St Agnes are by William Morris.
The church of St. Margaret in Wolston dates from the 12th century. Rebuilt in the 14th century when the north and south aisles were added, the 15th century saw the addition of the clerestory, and the 12th century low tower was raised to include a belfry in the 17th century. Originally a cruciform design with south and north transepts which is rare for the area.