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             S4                         S3                    S2               S1      
Ref    Picture  Inscription






  SPENCER - Coat of Arms
S1
JOHN POYNTZ
5TH EARL SPENCER K.G
.
LORD LIEUT. FOR IRELAND
1868-1874       1882-1885
BORN 27 OCT. 1835
DIED 13 AUG. 1910
THOU WILT
KEEP HIM IN
PERFECT PEACE
WHOSE MIND IS
STAYED ON THEE
BECAUSE HE
TRUSTETH IN THEE.
ISIAH XXVI : III
S1
~~~~~~~CHARLOTTE
FRANCES FREDERICA
COUNTESS SPENCER VA
WIFE OF JOHN POYNTZ
EARL SPENCER KG
BORN 28 SEPT 1835
MARRIED 8 JULY 1858
DIED 31 OCT 1903
BLESSED ARE THE
DEAD WHICH
DIE IN THE LORD
THAT THEY MAY REST
FROM THEIR
LABOURS REV. XIV 13
S2


SARAH ISABELLA
SPENCER
DAUGHTER OF
FREDERICK 4TH EARL
SPENCER KG AND
ELIZABETH G. POYNTZ
HIS 1ST WIFE
BORN ?? APRIL 1838
DIED NOV 1919
"I WILL TRUST AND NOT BE AFRAID" 12th ISAIAH Verse 2
S3





MARGARET
VISCOUNTESS ALTHORP
BORN 14 DEC 1868
MARRIED 25 JULY 1887
ENTERED HER ETERNAL
REST   4 JULY 1906
ALIVE UNTO GOD THROUGH
JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD
       6 ROMANS


AMAVIMUS   AMABIMUS


ALSO HER HUSBAND
CHARLES ROBERT 6TH
EARL SPENCER
KNIGHT OF THE MOST NOBLE
ORDER OF THE GARTER
BORN 30 OCT. 1857
DIED 26 SEPT. 1922 
S4VICTORIA ALEXANDRINA
WIFE OF WILLIAM LORD
SANDHURST DAUGHTER
OF FREDERICK
4TH EARL SPENCER
AND ADELAIDE
HORATIA SEYMOUR
HIS SECOND WIFE.
BORN 22ND OCT 1855
MARRIED 20TH JULY1881
PASSED INTO THE
FULLER LIFE
13 MARCH 1906.
IN THEE LORD HAVE
I PUT MY TRUST







Postcard of the Funeral of 5th Earl Spencer K.G. on 18 Aug 1910 from a private collection of postcards kindly loaned by Mr Tony Ambler. This photograph was taken almost a century ago before the monuments as they are now pictured above. On the left hand side is the grave of Victoria Alexandrina (S4)  and the tall cross (S3 ) which originallly was surmounted by a crystal ball that reflected the sunlight and at that time could be seen from Althorp Park. This crystal ball disappeared at some point after the 2nd World War.


This photo depicts three of the four Spencer tombs seen in the first picture above.   Unfortunately it bears no date, but was probably taken between 1910 and 1920 because the grave stone for Lady Sarah Isabella Spencer  does not appear in the space to the right of the memorial cross with its crystal ball.


This photo, c.1920, shows the pristine condition of Lady Sarah Isabella Spencer’s  tomb with detailed carving and lettering on all four curbstones.   Today,  it is almost impossible to read the inscription and the carved details on the celtic style cross have almost disappeared.  (See S.2 above)


This rather faded newspaper cutting was probably published  in the “Northampton Chronicle & Echo” around September 1922 (the date of the 6th Earl’s death).

  A Crystal on a Cross

The devotion of the late Earl Spencer (Charles Robert, the 6th Earl) to his late wife (Margaret, Viscountess Althorp) was as everyone who knew him realised, a very beautiful and touching thing.   He rarely made a speech in Northampton without referring to his “happy Dallington days” and to the gracious lady on whom their happiness depended.   Upon the cross, which marked her resting place, and which now rises above them both, he placed a many faceted crystal ball and every sunny day he spent at Althorp he would watch for the light that flashed like a message from his wife’s grave to his house, a mile away.   In various parts of the Park mounds were raised at his request that he might better see the light, and for miles around one could watch the sunlight reflected in brilliant flashes of light from the crystal.   He will watch for the message no more, but one likes to think that he was happy to rest at last beside the wife he had loved so well and whose memory he had cherished so dearly for sixteen years.



It is very interesting to compare the present condition and the original appearance of these monuments.  In all cases, the curbstones were very much higher and have sunk under their own weight into the earth.   In the case of S.3 above, not only has the crystal ball disappeared, but also the curbstones.   There are some traces of foundations extending from either side of the immense base which carries the inscription.

No burials have taken place in this part of the churchyard since that of the 6th Earl, Charles Robert Spencer in 1922.

A yew hedge was planted around the area c.1980.