|Trent was where the flight of Charles II
ended as here was the main hiding place of the future king after the
battle of Worcester. For here in Trent was the home of Colonel Francis
Wyndham and today the hiding place of the prince which was off of Lady
Wyndhams room is still preserved.
The King had arrived here in the disguise of a servant to Jane Lane and he got a bit worried when the bells of the church rang as he though that his hiding place had been discovered, but what he found out later made him smile, they were ringing out to announce that he had already been arrested!.
It was 22nd September that he left here to go to Charmouth to meet a boat that was to take him across the Channel to France and he was accompanied by Lord Wilmot, Juliana Conigsby and Col Wyndham himself. And in case of them being stopped by parliamentarian troops the story was that Wilmot and Juliana were eloping and that the prince was the lady's servant. But they were let down as the boat failed to arrive and they had to return to Trent. They did finally leave England later in early October when they sailed on another boat from Shoreham in Sussex, the captain and his boat were rewarded aiding the prince and the old coal boat was cleaned up and renovated and then changed t a Royal Yacht with the captain at the helm.
Not only do the Wyndham family rest in
the church but this is also the burial place of Field Marshal Lord
Rawlinson who was born in 1864 and died in 1925, the eldest son of Sir
Henry Creswicke Rawlinson. He served in Burma and South Africa and in
the First World War he commanded the 4th army at the battle of the Somme
in 1916 and broke through the Hindenburg line near Amiens in 1918. Two
years later he was commander-in-chief in India