Duchess Dudley Memorial


Perhaps the most remarkable monument in the church is found on the north side of the chancel, and is to Alice, Duchess Dudley and one of her four daughters, Alicia.  In black and white marble, it has their two recumbent figures lying in shrouds, with trumpeting cherubs holding back curtains.

Alice was born in 1578, the daughter of Sir Thomas, 1st Baronet Leigh and Lady Katherine Spencer of Wormleighton. She married Sir Robert Dudley the illegitimate son of the Earl of Leicester, but was abandoned by him and was created duchess in her own right by King Charles I. She became a great benefactress and died in 1668; one of her daughters, Katherine, married Richard Leveson and founded almshouses at Temple Balsall.

The monument, sculpted in 1648 with later inscriptions, is now thought to be by William Wright.

During restoration of the monument in 2003, medieval artefacts and wall paintings were discovered, which had been concealed. These were fully documented by Warwickshire Museums Field Archaeology Projects Group.