Sir John Newton

Sir John Newton

In our south porch stands a monument to Sir John Newton, a lord of the manor who died in 1568.

He lived through the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary and Elizabeth I. His effigy lies in armour under a canopy, hands clasped in prayer. His wife, Margaret Poyntz, once lay beside him, but she was lost when the monument was moved from its original position in the chancel. Below are the kneeling figures of their eight sons and 12 daughters. You can download a document about the monument here.

Sir John left money in his will for the maintenance of the parish church of East Harptree, and directed that his body should be buried in the church “when it shall please Almighty God to call me out of this transitory life.”

Our Renewal Project is named Project Newton in tribute to this historic benefactor of the church and community.

Our Heritage and History

Funding Updates


Recent grants: National Lottery Heritage Fund award £294,900. Also Foulerton Trust, Bath and Wells Diocesan Association of Change Ringers, Burges Salmon, The Hobson Charity, Somerset Churches Trust, Allchurches Trust, St. Andrew’s Conservation Trust, Church Care, The Beatrice Laing Trust. If the government extend the LPOW VAT Grant Scheme again in March 2022 that is worth c£90k to the project. Zero VAT rating of the Inclusive Access Works would realise another £15k


  • National Lottery Heritage Fund(294900)
  • School House Trust (£73k)
  • Pledges so far (£84k)
  • Donations so far (£41k)
  • Allchurches Trust(£12800)
  • The Hobson Charity (£10k)
  • Churchcare (£8600)
  • St. Andrew’s Conservation Trust (£2k)
  • The Beatrice Laing Trust(£5k)
  • Somerset Churches Trust (£2k)
  • LPOW VAT Grant Scheme (£90k)
  • Zero Rating of Inclusive Access works (£15k)
  • The Sharpe Trust (£400)
  • Foulerton Trust (£5000)
  • Francis Coales(£1000)
  • Bath and Wells Diocesan Association of Change Ringers(£6400)
  • Burges Salmon Charitable Trust (£150)
  • Other (£64200)










We have raised 93% of our £770,000 target

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