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.
Standing monument with Ionic columns, metope frieze framing brass plate with priant figures.
Monuments or memorials to children in English churches were extremely rare until the late 18th and early 19th century. In the 16th century one can find the occassional child tomb amongst the aristocracy, such as that of the The Noble Impe at St Mary's Warwick, but otherwise children do not appear to have warranted memorials in their own right.
Fawsley Hall was the home of the Knightley Family from the turn of the C15. Where they developed the land for sheep farming. At the end of the C15 the peasants were evicted to make more land available for sheep.
The present hall dates from early C16 and was extended throughout the C16, a Georgian classical style wing was added in C18 and the Estate landscaped by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown in the 1760s and 1770s.