Sir Henry Blackwood

Sir Henry Blackwood, GCH, KCB (1770-1832) was a naval captain, under Lord Nelson. Before Trafalgar Nelson said to him, “God bless you Blackwood, I shall never speak to you again”. Blackwood witnessed a codicil to Nelson’s will.

Blackwood was buried in the Blackwood vault in the graveyard and there is stained window as a memorial to him in the church. In 2005, Prince Edward attended a service in the church to commemorate the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar, in recognition of Sir Henry’s achievements and association with the church.