Tyne and Wear HER(7853): Houghton-le-Spring, Houghton Hall, Hutton's tomb - Details
Houghton-le-Spring, Houghton Hall, Hutton's tomb
Religious Ritual and Funerary
Robert Hutton, rector of Houghton in 1589, built Houghton Hall. His grandson, also called Robert, was a captain in Cromwell's Army and served in the Scottish campaign and the plunder of Dundee after the Restoration. He and the Rector fueded because of their religious differences - the younger Robert Hutton was a Puritan. The arguments are said to have been caused because Captain Hutton wanted his favourite horse to be buried in the churchyard and the Rector had refused. The grandson had then exclaimed "I would not even enter your church". When the Rector retorted "Aye, but I'll warrant thou'll come in here feet first", Captain Hutton replied "No, I'd rather be buried in my own garden". When the horse died, Captain Hutton buried it in his orchard at Houghton Hall and left instructions that on his death, he too should be buried there. This was duly carried out. The latar tomb bore the inscription "Hic lacet Robertus Hutton, Armiger, qui obut Avg. die nono 1680 et moriendo vivit". The tomb remained in the orchard of Houghton Hall until the twentieth century when it was taken to the churchyard. The tomb is marked on the Ordnance Survey first edition map of 1850 as "Hutton's Tomb 1680".
Frank H. Rushford, c1950, Houghton le Spring: A History, pp 19-20