The sturdy church at Laughton in East Sussex isn’t particularly ancient, but it enjoys a peaceful setting and 13th century architectural origins. Of particular interest are the many memorials to the Pelham family.
And that connection is why it has the surprising distinction of being the burial site of two British Prime Ministers: two Pelhams who served in office in the middle of the 18th century. Although, neither could be considered particularly ‘memorable’ First Lords of the Treasury.
The first was Henry Pelham, MP for Sussex, PM from 1743 to 1754. He was succeeded by his brother Thomas Pelham-Holles, the 1st Duke of Newcastle who served a total of six years in two separate terms. Both were Whigs.