Allerton Mauleverer  Barnborough  Bilbrough  Bilton Ainsty  (Fountains Abbey) Goldsborough  Hampsthwaite Harewood  Harrogate (St Mary)  Healhaugh (Kirkheaton
Leeds (Armley)  (Methley) Nether Poppleton  

Allerton Mauleverer - St Martin
Church open
The medieval effigies are in a locked chapel on the floor; as an extra precaution - and a wise one - the wooden ones are clamped down as well

The effigies in the chapel
Right top: Alabaster effigies of Sir John Mauleverer (1468) & Catharine (?)
Right bottom: Two oak effigiesearly 14th century
Below: The effigies and a sone coffin
Barnborough - St Peter

Knight holding heart of early  14th century; oak and very fine. The canopy belongs to the tomb of Percival Cresacre (1477) Inscriptions

Bilbrough - St James
Left: Thomas, 3rd Lord Fairfax (1671), usually referred to as Sir Thomas Fairfax or 'Black Tom', and his wife Anne. Thomas Fairfax was Lord General of the New Model Army, which was responsible for the defeat of Charles I, having learned his soldiering skills in the Thirty Years' War. Although he was appointed as one of the commissioners to try the King, he did not attend and, although the General , he made no attempt to stop either the trial of the execution of the King. Oliver Cromwell was the  Lieutenant General at this time; he later became Lord General when Fairfax, being reluctant in invade Scotland in the Third Civil War, resigned his commission.
Centre and right: John Norton  He was founder of this church in the 15th century. The photographs show his tomb chest and the lid with indents of lost brasses.

Bilton Ainsty - St Helen

Lady of the early 14th century in the south chapel. The left hand photograph above shows her braided hair.

Fountains Abbey
Fountains is one of the largest and best preserved Cistercian house in Britain.
It is under the care of the National Trust. Entry fees: £16 for adult (plus concessions). Free for members of NT and English Heritage
Knight early 14 century
  Goldsborough - St Mary the Virgin   
Near Knaresborough. Park in the lane outside the church. The church is kept lock (it was not in the 1980's) so you will have to apply to the churchwardens to visit. However, English Heritage requires that the church be unlocked during July and August, presumably to fulfill terms of a grant; this appears not to be appreciated by the church
 O/S Ref: SE 385 561 


The two medieval effigies in the church, which lie opposite each other in the chancel, are in excellent condition and very fine, showing interesting and unusual detail. Note the intricate carving of the mail, instead of the usual rows of c's and reversed c's.

Above and right  :
Sir Richard V de Goldesborough (1333). 
Some unusual features: over the head of the effigy is an agee canopy called a gablet (a canopy more properly refers to a structure over the whole monument). Gablets occur from time to time on recumbent monuments but are more commonly seen over vertical statuary, where they act as protection from the weather.  This feature over recumbent effigies, as well as other other more controversial items, has led some - including the late M.P. Enoch Powell - to conclude that these effigies were designed to be appear verical.
Over the mail on the top of the head is what is thought to be a face cloth thrown back and which appears to fall onto and be stitched to the pillow. This is very rare and on one moument angels are shown  lifting back this cloth. The detail photographs show the pattern of the sword belt and the prick spurs

Below: Sir Richard IV de Goldesborough (1307).
This effigy lies on a tomb chest. Note the carved heraldry on the shield. The detail photographs show the lacing of the mail flap where it passes under the chin and fixes to rest of the mail on the side of the face; the lacing and fastening of the sword and waist belts; the buckles fastening the prick spurs.



Left top: Small medieval gave cover, now in the porch.

Above and left bottom: Robert and Mary Byerly by Joseph Wilton. The figures represent Hope and Charity. 18th century.

Sir Richard de Goldsborough (1504) 

Limestone tomb chest said to have originally been in the Goldsborough chapel. There is no effigy or brass nor any record of there having been one, although the rough stone work at the centre of the lid indicates there may well have been something of this nature.

Hampsthwaite - St Thomas Becket

Amy Woodforde-Finden (1919) White marble by George Wade. It is said to have been designed by Judini. The angels look rather like portraits of 20th century children: perhaps they were.
Note the (difficult to see) relief on the tomb chest. Composer, born in Chile of American parents as Amelia Rowe Ward but became a British citizan. Buried in the church yard. Her husband was a surgeon and brigadier with the delighful name of Woodforde Woodforde-Finden

Harewood - All Saints

Above left:Sir Richard Redman or Redmayne (1475) & Margaret (Middleton)  Alabaster/ This Sir Richard Redman was grandson and heir of the Sir Richard Redman below.

Above right and far right: Sir Richard Redman or Redmayne (1426) & Elizabeth (Aldburgh), his second wife; his third wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Chief Justice William Gascoigne and Elizabeth (Mowbray)  Alabaster.

Sir William Ryther (1426) & Sybil (Aldburgh) (1440)
Alabaster. Similar to the Redmayne effigies of similar date (above)
Chief Justice William Gascoigne (1419) & Elizabeth (Mowbray) (1391)  Alabaster
William Gascoigne (1454) & Margaret (Clarell) (1465) William was the grandson of William Gasgoigne and Elizabeth Mowbray.  Alabaster

Brass indent
Left and above: Sir William Gascoigne (1487) & Margaret Percy. He was the grandson of William Gascoigne & Margaret Clarell; she the 4th daughter of Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland. Alabaster Sir Thomas Denison (1765) by N. Hedges A judge who wished to be buried near Chief Justice Gascoigne

Harrogate - St Mary

Richard Chapman Lofthouse (1832-1907) Surgeon-General in the British Army and founder of the church, which is no longer in use.
Photograph taken by Kenneth Paver and used by grateful permission. 
Healhaugh - St John 
Thomas, Lord Wharton (1568) with his two wives 
Kirkheaton - St John      There are a number of interesting monuments in St John's Church but I have only manage to obtain a copy of this drawing. I have listed them below:

1) Large coffin lid with shield and sword, 13th century.
2) Adam Beaumont (1655) and Elizabeth. Brass (left)
3) Sir Richard Beaumont (1631) Recumbent effigy on tomb chest by Nicholas Stone
4) Richard Beaumont (1692) Two busts with urn between. Is the other his wife?
5) Richard Beaumont(1704) Bust against obelisk. Attrib Guelfi
6) Charlotte Cummings (1813) Rising from a split sarcophagus, aided by an angel

 Leeds (Armley) - St Batholomew

Benjamin Gott (1839)  By Joseph Gott
Industrialist and innovator in the textile industry

Methley - St Oswald
Other Monuments

1) Sir Robert Wateron (1424) & Wife. Alabaster effigiesand very fine; tomb chest.
 2) Lord Welles (1461) & First Wife. Alabaster effigies. Tomb chest.
 3) A priest - effigy
 4) Amale civilian - effigy

The above were originally part of the same monument but now the effigies are in north and south aisles under recesses.

 5) Sir John Savile (1606), his son sir Henry (1632) and his Wife. Large tomb chest with recumbent effigies. One son kneels at lady's feet. (Is this the son already referred to?) Attrib Maximilian Colt
6) Charles Savile (1741) Large base. He lolls in Roman dress and his wife sits at his feet. By Sheemakers
7) John Savile, First Earl of Mexborough (1778) Semi reclining figure by Wilton
8) Sarah, Dowager Countess of Mexborough (1821) Tablet with draped female figures, Resurrection of Lazarus below. By Westmacott
9) Tablet with female figure by urn, 1821 by R Blore of Picadilly
10) Tablet with female figure by urn, 1830 by J A C Fisher of York

Nether Poppleton - St Everilda

Above right:
Anne Hutton (1651), above left:  Sir Thomas Hutton (1620) The central photograph shows the two monuments in situ
Above and left: Ursula Hutton, her Husband (not named). The sources I have consulted then add, 'and a second woman' but give no further details. I cannot read the text below nor have I seen the monument. One woman holds a baby: the other a small child.

The etchings are from Hollis and the drawing from I'Anson; the photographs from Sally Badham, Jean McCreanor and Richard Collier, except those in Ripon,Wakefield and Goldsborough which are by the Web Master
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