Lead, St Mary's Church
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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Associations with the Battle of Towton and Richard III
St Mary's was rescued from dereliction in 1931 through the actions of a local group of ramblers; as a result is is often caled The Rambler's Church.
On the floor are very large 13th century grave stones commemorating members of the Tyas family, who probably founded the church. The Tyas grave slabs are beautifully carved with heraldic signs and inscriptions. There are further tombs to Scargill family members near the altar.
Other interior furnishings are more recent, including Georgian pews, pulpit, and painted texts on the walls.
The south doorway is probably 12th century, suggesting a much earlier foundation for the chapel. The simple single cell building is constructed of limestone rubble beneath a stone slate roof. During repair work a hogback stone was found in the church foundations. Such stones are often associated with Danish settlers to the north of England and souther Scotland.
Because of its associations with Edward IV and his brother, the future Richard III, Lead Chapel received the very first Ricardian Churches Restoration Fund grant issued by the Richard III Society. The society holds an annual service here, but the church is not in regular use and is cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust.
About Lead, St Mary's Church
Address: Lead, Yorkshire, England, LS24 9QN
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: 5 miles south of Tadcaster off the B1217. Church is located in a field opposite the Crooked Billet pub near Saxton.
Website: Lead, St Mary's Church
Churches Conservation Trust
Photo Credit: Andrew Whale, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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