St Wulfram's is fortunate in having a large number of slate gravestones, a number of which have survived over 200 years.

To see a list of monumental inscriptions in St Wulfram's churchyard, please visit this external site and search: cemeteries for England, Lincolnshire, St Wulfram, then go to the page for the surname you are interested in.

Memorial plaques, tombs and monuments

War Memorial

The stories of some people commemorated in St Wulfram's

Francis Malham. The table-top tomb in the North Aisle is for Francis Malham of Elslack, which is near Skipton in Yorkshire.

He died in Grantham in 1660 on his way to Yorkshire and was buried in St Wulfram's by his third wife Jane.

He was a distinguished Royalist soldier in the Civil War. The black marble top to the tomb shows his coat of arms.

Rt Hon Lord Dudley Ryder. After a distinguished career as Solicitor General and Attorney General, Lord Dudley Ryder was made Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench in 1754, a post he held until his death in 1756.

King George II conferred on him the title of Baron of Harrowby, but Lord Dudley died the day before the Patent was passed.
His son was to become Lord Harrowby 20 years later, after sitting as MP for Tiverton - the first of six generations of Ryders in the House of Commons.

The second baron, who was Foreign Secretary and Lord President, was raised to the earldom of Harrowby; and it was his son, the second earl, who married a grand-daughter of Thomas Coutts.

Both the fourth earl and the fifth (who married a daughter of WH Smith, the railway bookstall pioneer) combined distinguished parliamentary careers with partnerships in the bank. The marble monument to Lord Dudley Ryder, which can be found on the north wall, was sculpted by Henry Cheere in 1759.


On the north wall is a plaque in memory of Samuel Bentley Rudd, who was Churchwarden between 1874 and 1916, a total of 42 years. Samuel Bentley Rudd was a notable builder whose large premises were on Wharf Road.

He built many properties in Grantham in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, from large houses in Welby Gardens and his own house Welby Gate, to terraced dwellings for the working class. He was also Borough Magistrate and was Mayor of Grantham in 1886-1887.


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