walwyn Sun, 08/16/2009 - 11:01

Fawsley Hall 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.

fawsley 25072008-28 The church of St. Mary at Fawsley dates from the early 13th century, much of which remains, including the tower, south porch, chancel, and nave.

The church contains a large number of monuments to the Knightley family and also contains a number of panels of medieval stained glass. The oldest is the 13th century window depicting Adam and Eve. Restored in 1992 in memory of the Reverend Roy Dooley. Other windows contain 15th century medallions depicting biblical scenes that were originally at Sulgrave Manor.

Other glass work of note are the marriage shields of the Washington family, ancestors of the first president of the United States of America.