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
~~~~~~~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
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
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
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
VICTORIA 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.