St Leonard's Church Apethorpe aims to make the love of God known to everyone who lives in the village, through lively worship and caring fellowship.
The Church and its environment
The village of Apethorpe is situated 7 miles north of the market town of Oundle to which Deanery the Church of St Leonard belongs. There is a population of around 140 people in both owner occupied and rented properties.
The Church is joined in a Benefice with the nearby villages of Nassington, Woodnewton & Yarwell, which are all served by the Very Reverend Bishop John Flack who is helped by a number of readers and retired clergy. Services are held every Sunday at 11am either with the Bishop or retired clergy officiating.
Apethorpe was historically the seat of the Earls of Westmoreland and boasts a large 3-courtyard Hall currently owned by English Heritage. The Brassey family owned the Hall from 1904 to 1947 when it was sold to the Roman Catholic Church and used as a School until the mid 80’s. Lord and Lady Brassey now live in the Manor House, next to the Church.
Whilst there is some evidence of an earlier Church, recent dendrological tests carried out by English Heritage show that the present Church was most likely to have been built sometime in the mid to late 15th century. The church has many objects well worth seeing including the Mildmay Monument in the South Chapel with the most wonderful painted glass window, both dated 1621 and both built as a memorial to Sir Anthony and Lady Grace Mildmay. The main west window is also painted but from a later date.