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The De Grey Mausoleum Adjoining Church of St John the Baptist

A Grade I Listed Building in Greenfield, Central Bedfordshire

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Latitude: 52.0111 / 52°0'39"N

Longitude: -0.4576 / 0°27'27"W

OS Eastings: 505953

OS Northings: 235864

OS Grid: TL059358

Mapcode National: GBR G3J.YZ8

Mapcode Global: VHFQV.0QX4

Plus Code: 9C4X2G6R+CW

Entry Name: The De Grey Mausoleum Adjoining Church of St John the Baptist

Listing Date: 23 January 1961

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1113904

English Heritage Legacy ID: 37997

Location: Flitton and Greenfield, Central Bedfordshire, MK45

County: Central Bedfordshire

Civil Parish: Flitton and Greenfield

Built-Up Area: Greenfield

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Flitton

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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(North Side)

14/10 The De Grey Mausoleum
23.1.61 adjoining Church of Saint
John the Baptist


Mausoleum. Built 1614 by Henry Grey 5th Earl of Kent, owner of Wrest Park,
Silsoe. Extended 1705 to E by Henry Earl of Kent. Structure encased in
colourwashed cement render, with brick coping to embattled parapets and shaped
gables. Slate roofs. Cruciform plan, encasing the N and E elevations of the
chancel of the Parish Church of Saint John the Baptist (item No. 14/9). W
block, to N of chancel, is original structure. Externally rather plain, with
recessed panels articulating many elevations. W block has 2 3-light windows
under flat heads to N elevation, the E one blocked. Interior architecturally

Monuments include the following:
- Henry Grey, 5th Earl of Kent, d.1614. Polychromed alabaster 2
recumbant figures on tomb chest.

- Lady Elizabeth Talbot 1653. Polychrome marble wall monument
with Ionic columns, open segmental pediment and garlands.

- Henry Grey, 9th Earl of Kent, erected 1658. White, black and
grey marble. 2 effigies on tomb chest, with 2 Mannerist
allegorical female figures to back panel.

- Lady Jane Hart, d. 1673. Polychrome marble. Semi-reclining
figure. Monument surmounted by open pediment with shield and

- Pair of monuments to Henrietta de Grey d. 1716 and Henry de Grey
d. 1717. Grey and white marble. Semi-reclining figures flanked
by urns, in front of steep garlanded pyramids.

- Anthony de Grey, Earl of Harrold. 1726 by Dowyer. Black, white
and grey marble. Large sarcophagus surmounted by semi-reclining
figure in Roman military dress.

- Henry de Grey, Duke of Kent, and 2 wives, 1740. Black, white
and grey marble. Designed by Edward Shepherd. Central
sarcophagus surmounded by semi-relining figure of Duke (thought
to be by Rysbrack). To R, semi-reclining figure of first wife.
3 inscription panels.

- Philip, Earl of Hardwicke, d. 1790. Grey and white marble, by
Banks. Seated mourning woman with urn, in front of obelisk.

- Henrietta Frances, Countess de Grey, d. 1848. Black and white
marble. 1853 by Terence Farrell. Obelisk-shaped relief showing
mourning family around draped coffin, with soul being carried to
heaven by angel.

- Thomas Philip de Grey, Lord Lucas, d. 1859. Grey and white
marble. By Matthew Noble. Recumbant effigy on tomb chest.

The De Grey Mausoleum contains one of the finest series of funerary momuments
in the country.

Listing NGR: TL0595335864

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