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St Lawrence Church, Towcester
Benefaction Board 1755
Image of Benefaction Board 1755
The Right Hon. Henrietta Louisa Countess of Pomfret Gave a Large Bason and Ewer (double Gilt) for the Use and Ornament of this Church.
25th March 1755.
"The Communion Plate consists of a large basin about 1ft. 9in. diameter, and Ewer double gilt, inscribed "This Bason and Ewer is given for the perpetual use and ornament of the church of Towcester in the county of Northampton, the 25th of March, 1755, by Henrietta Louisa, daughter of John Lord Jeffreys and widow of Thomas Farmor Earl of Pomfret, Baron of Lempster, Master of the Horse to Queen Caroline, Ranger of the two parks of Hyde and St. James's, Knight of the Bath, for whose christening it was made use of March 31st, 1698, as also at that of his eldest daughter, Sophia, June 3d, 1721, who became the wife of John Carteret Earl of Granville, Lord President of the Council, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, principal Secretary of State, Knight of the Garter."
Henrietta Louisa Jeffreys was granddaughter of the notorious Judge Jeffreys and the infamous Philip Herbert, 7th Earl of Pembroke. Henrietta married Thomas Fermor (Earl of Pomfret) in 1720 and they oversaw the decoration of Easton Neston Dining Room with its impressive hunting theme. Henrietta was prominent at Court as Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Caroline from 1727 until the Queen’s death in 1737. Henrietta died in 1761.