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Alne - St Mary
Park outside church. The church was unlocked when we visited but this may not necessarily always be the case.
O/S Ref: SE 495 654

Above & right: Early 14th century effigy of a lady. North chapel. Said to be a member of the Elleker family.
The pillasters are 18th century

Other Monuments

1. John Kitching Matterson (1842) White tablet on black marble base.

2. Harold Edward Keyes Vicar 1917-1941 . Black tablet

3. William John Ford (1950) Vicar 1942-1944
Above: Rev William Braithwaite MA  (1871), Vicar 1850-1870.  Right 1.  John Pearson (1695) Note the hand holding a money bag at the apex.  Right 2. William John Bethel (1831)  Right 3. Edward (1862) & Eliza (1870) Strangwayes; their son E.S. (1877); his son John Swainston (1914)
signed: Skelton York

Amotherby - St Helen
The church is unlocked. Park nearby in village
 O/S Ref: SE 751 735

Far Left: Sir John Bordesdon (c. 1329) The shield is carved with Sir John's arms in relief.      Far Right: Coffin lid with foliated cross and Lombardic inscription: Ci git Willelm de Bordesdon. He died c. 1322.
The above monuments are on either side of the chancel; the fragments below are in the porch.  Coffin lid with foliated cross in relief: this is partly inside and partly outside the porch. Several other cross fragments

Ampleforth - St Hilda
Church unlocked. You may be able to park in the church hall car park behind the church
 O/S Ref: 583 786

Left: A very curious monument of about 1330. A female figure looks over the shoulder of the male figure; they are carved from the same block. Was it ever recumbent? Although sometimes called a 'male civilian' he appears to be wearing a mail shirt, the collar and cuffs of which can just be seen. Set into the west wall under the tower. On the figure's left side is written: Wilhelmus de [Jarpenville] although the surname is no longer legible.
Above left: 'In this Church yard, lie the Remains of Thomas Nicholson...' (1787) aged 33; John Nicholson (1790) age 18; John Nicholson (1798) - father of Thomas and grandfather of John. '...who left this vain world...' Age 73. Centre top: George Sootheran (1907). Centre bottom: Cpt William Easterby (1836) 'late of the 3rd Draggon Guards'; his wife Hannah (1838); their daughter, Lydia (1864). Right: 'In this church lay the remains of...'  Thomas Sootheran (1812); his wife Ruth (1858); daughter Ann (1828) age 21; their grandson Charles John (1833) age 1. Below is a small wooden tablet to Maud Mary Worthy (1969) '...a bequest to improve the heating...'

Appleton-le-Street - All Saints
Turn off the main road onto a track which is signposted to the church. Turn into  the signposted 'church car park/church yard' and park on the grass. Church open. A beautiful and friendly church which is well worth a visit: drinks are provided. The church has a 10th century tower. The ladies are on either side of the chancel.
O/S Ref: SE 735 786

Left & above top:Lady with open mantle, the folds falling vertically, c. 1300. Possibly Alienore de Boulton, grandmother of Sir Thomas de Boulton, who founded the chantry in 1364.

Right & above bottom: 
On this lady the folds fall across as well, early 14th century. Either Hawise de Boulton (mother of the above Sir Thomas) or Clementia de Boulton or Alice de Boulton (one of his two wives)

Bedale - St Gregory
A friendly church with much of interest. Church unlocked. Limited parking outside; otherwise park in the town
(free disc parking - obtain disc from any shop) or in  pay car park. O/S Ref: SE 266 885

Medieval Knights and a Lady at Bedale: Key
Column 1 Column 2 Column 3
Knight 1. Late 14th Century: Note shield with carved heraldry Same Brian Fitzalan
Knight 2. Later 14th Century Same As above: side view
Sir Brian Fitzalan. (1306) Early 14th century. Note shield with carved heraldry. Not alabaster: Magnesium Limestone Same Lady Muriel
Muriel, 1st wife of Sir Brian Fitzalan. Early 14th century. Same in foreground: Sir Brian appears in background Knight 1.
  Feet of Brian and Muriel  
  Sir Brian, shield  
  Sir Brian portrait  

 Henry Pierse (1824) &his daughter, Harriet Elizabeth. by Richard Westmacott. South Aisle Above and below centre: Brian de Thornhill (1343) Rector. Priest in mass vestments. He founded  a chantry in the church. North chapel. The tomb chest itself was probably that of Sir Brian Fitzalan   Jane Gowland (1821)
Signed: R Davies Sculpᵗ N.CASTLE
 Thomas Jackson (1529) Black marble with incised effigy and inscription. A Bedale merchant. North aisle floor.

Daina (1780) 12 weeks, Jemima (1787) 7 months, Frances (1794) 19 years, Anne Yeoman (1802) 24 years. Daughters of Randolph Marriott

Richard Lambert (1610)
Latin inscription. He was the first master of Christ's Hospital at Firby, founded in 1608. North aisle

Other Monuments

John Wilson (1681) Latin text


William Bucktrout (1855) and two wives Jane (1810) and Elizabeth (1847)
Thomas  Prince Fothergill MD JP (1910)  40 years practitioner in this town. Brass.
James Williamson (1806) local solicitor, and his second wife Elizabeth (1823) White tablet, black base
James Williamson (1885), Ann Philis Williamson (1857), Mary Williamson (1872) Son and two daughters of the above. Identical tablet
Thomas Bucktrout (1871) White tablet with gable on black base
Mary Ann Peirse (1850)  White tablet with gable on black base
Christoper Wyvill (1863) Rear Admiral of the Red. White tablet on black base
Sir John Poo Berestford Baronet KCB CCH CCTS (1844) Admiral of the White. White tablet with curved top on black base
Adelhide Mary Lucy (1884) Wife of Henry Monson de la Poer Beresford-Peirse And infant daughter Ethel May (1881)Aged 2 months. Gothick brass
Lt Gen Sir Noël Monson de la Poer Beresford-Peirse CB DSO (1953) Colonel Commandant Royal Artillery. Brass with arms and badge
Admiral Sir Richard Henry Peirse KCB KBE MVO DL JP (1940) Black tablet
Isaac Askey (1874) and his wife Susannah (1863) White tablet on black
Henry William de la Poer Beresford-Peirse (1859) and his wife Henrietta Anne Theodosia (1921) White tablet with gable on black base.
Arthur de la Poer Beresford-Peirse (1886) Second son Died age 34. Brass
Lt Col William John de la Poer Beresford-Peirse (1917) Third son of the above. And his wife Mary (1939) Brass
Evelyn de la Poer Beresford-Peirse (1859)
Fourth son . Died of diphtheria at 5. Similar to above but smaller
Reginald de la Poer Beresford-Peirse (1883) Fifth son. White tablet on black
2nd Lt Thomas Chambers de la Poer Beresford-Peirse (1911) Son of Lt Col etc. Died Karachi, India at 20. Brass
2nd Lt John Raymond de la Poer Beresford-Peirse (1944) KIA at 19
Archibald Campbell (1837) White sarcophagus on black base
William Dinsdale (1860) and Mary _ (worn)  White tablet surmounted by book and cross on black base
Henry Percy Pulpeine (186_) White tablet on black background. Obscured.
Cpt John Hinks (1812) Royal Artillery White tablet on black backbround
Thomas Plews (1871) Buried at Thornton Watlass. White tablet with fleur-de-lys top border on black base.
William Thomas Sherwood (1862) White tablet on black background
George Herring (1870) Soicitor  White tablet on black background
John Buckle (1866) White tablet on black background
Margaret Theakstone (1849) and her husband William Theaksone (1851) For 51 years practised as a surgeon in Bedale. White tablet on black background
William Swann (1861) White tablet on black background
A black tablet with obliterated inscription
Elizabeth Anne Monson (1859) White tablet with gable on black background. Her husband's mument follows:
Rev John Joseph Thomas Monson (1861) Rector. White tablet with gable on black background
Ann Shepley Monson (1818) Wife of the Rector, Thomas Monson. White tablet on black background
Hon & Rev Thomas Monson (1843) 47 years Rector of Bedale. White tablet on black background
Sarah Monson (1865) widow of the above Thomas. White tablet with gable on black background

Bulmer - St Martin
Church open during normal hours. Park in road outside
O/S Ref: SE 700 676

Left: Late 13th century knight. Arms carved in relief on shield
Above: Slab with cross and sword in low relief; this is below the knight.
Both of the monuments have been cemented into the north wall of the nave and dissappear behind the pulpit; however,  they appear to have been cut to size to fit.
Above: William I'Anson's drawing of the Bulmer effigy 
He states that it is of Sir John Bulmer and dates it c 1270

Right left:
Christopher Thompson (1748) who 'wrought in brass and iron for forty-five years for the third and fourth Earls of Carlisle...'

Right centre:
Rev Charles Preston (1800) rector; 'his beloved consort' Elizabeth (1829); their sons: James (1797), Charles (1802), George (1813) & Edward (1822)

Right right:  Anne Plummer (1856)

Catterick - St Anne
Church open. Park (free) in the village street from where a sort walk to the church O/S Ref: SE 240 980

Knight, late 14th century. Note the unusual feature: he carries no sword although there is a sword belt, although this was also worn as a decorative feature in civilian effigies. (cf the similarly dated effigy at Kirklington, but he  carries a shield).   Said to be Sir Walter of Urswick, Chief Forester of Swaledale and Constable of Richmond Castle.

 Brass to  William Burgh (1492) & Elizabeth now wall mounted on wood. : Brass to William Burgh (1442) & his son, also William (1465) The pew to which Pevsner refers must now have been removed.
The first William built the church; the third was his grandson.

Sir Henry Lawson Bt (1854). John (1782) & Thomas (1777) Booth. ...'ye Revd: Mr MICH: SYDDAL late vicr of Cathericke...'   A benefactor, he left £500 for the founding of a hospital for six poor widows, a free school and a small chapel, as well as a salary for a master to teach 'gratis' and read morning and evening prayer.  Brevet Major William Calvert Booth. (1900) KIA commanding the Northumberland Fusilier Company Mounted Infantry, Bloemfontein, South Africa.  Charles Anthony, vicar 1660-85. Inscription in Latin.
. Richard Braithwaite (1673) court poet.  Christopher Barker (1779), his wife Martha, their daughter Elizabeth Shutt (1770), their grand daughter Mary Shutt (1786), their daughter Mary Kirkby (1790) and his sister Alice Hawxwell (1791).  Dame Catherine Lawson (1824) Sir Henry Lawson (1854)  Anastasia Strickland Standish (1807) Eldest daughter of Sir John Lawson
Other Monuments
John Bainbridge Booth (1891)  Gothick
Lt John Lionel Calvert Booth (1915) 2nd Batt Australian Imperial Force. Died of wounds. Buried at sea. White tablet on black base.
Sgt John Lionel Calvert Booth & Wng Comm Arthur Frank Calvert Booth. Sons of the above. 'gave their lives in World War II. No dates. White tablet on black base.
Grace Beleingham (1594) This is a wall mounted brass on a wooden back which could be a coffin plate. The text is in Latin but curiously Arabic rather than Roman numerals are used.
Reginald Calvert-Booth (1954) of Uruguay. 3rd son of William C Booth of Oram
John James Moubray (1928) and his wife May Marianne (1952), daughter of William C Booth of Oram. Aisle restored by their seven children
Rifleman William George Swadling (1918) DOW at Chaulness. White tabler with black background '...erected by A/ Lt-Col E R Kewley in grateful recognition of his service.'
Walter Llewellyn Fry BCL MB (1912) Red brown tablet with floral surround
Margaret Earle (1925) wooden tablet with black and red lettering

Coverham Abbey
The ruins of Coverham Abbey are in private ownership and no longer accessible. These two effigies are set against a wall near the Georgian house also called Coverham AbbeyI took some photographs in the 1980's when when I was able to gain access but these have deteriorated although I have recently found the negatives which I will process in due course. There is a torso of a third effigy which I did not find. For the moment I am posting I'Anson's drawings.
O/S Ref: SE 107 863

Late 13th century   Early 14th century

Croft - St Peter

Left: Alfred Henry Chaynor KC (1931) Above left: Elizabeth Catharine Milbanke (1820) (2nd daughter of Sir John Penistone Milbanke and Eleanor) Above centre: Cornelia Milbanke (1795) Above right: Sir William Chanter Bt (1871) Right: Lewis Carroll (1898) His father was rector of Croft when he was a boy. He is buried in Guildford Cemetery, where he died.

Other Monuments
Esther Jane Travis (1865)  Third daughter of Rev James Dalton, late rector of Croft. White tablet with decorated gable on black base
Maria Dalton (1858) Widow of Rev James Dalton. White tablet with decorated gable on black base
John Dalton (1854) Second son of Rev James. White tablet with decorated gable on black base
Rev James Dalton (1845) 57 years rector of Croft. White tablet with  gable on black base
Elizabeth Marshall (1897) In her memory the pulpit was dedicated by her children, one of whom was the Rector
Eleanor Milbanke (1819) Oval white tablet on black rectangular base

Danby Wiske  
(no dedication)
Despite the rather off putting council notices on the gate to the churchyard, the friendly church is open. Park in the lane leading to the church 
O/S Ref: SE 339 983

Effigy of a lady early 14th century but recut. Said to be Matilda, widow of Brian Fitz Alan  of  Bedale (c 1340) (q.v.) and daughter of John Balliol, the Scots King. The effigy was used as a lintel over the bell tower door and moved to present position in 1939.

East Halsey - St Oswald
Park outside but the church is locked: you will need to apply to the church for the key
O/S Ref: SE 426 908

Above and right:   Effigy said to be of Sir Geoffrey Hotham (1326) Note the bare head and the surcoat with long sleeves. Face recut. Cf Bedale above.  Right centre:   13th century slab said to be of William Sawcock and Wife. Note the Calvery Cross and military equipment: sword, shield and other items. Right far: 12th century grave slab. Note the sheep shears .

Eryholme  -  St Mary

Grave covers - and other fragments - set into the wall of the church porch


The photographs on the North Riding pages are mainly by the Web Master with a number contributed by Jean MaCreanor and by Richard Collier
The etchings are by T&G Hollis; the drawings by William I'Anson and a few by the Webmaster
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