All Saints' Church, Harewood, West Yorkshire
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A fashion parade of effigies nestling in the grounds of Harewood House
All Saints' dates from the fifteenth century. It is remarkable for six pairs of effigies, dating from 1419 to 1510, commemorating the owners of Harewood Castle and the nearby Gawthorpe estate. They are some of the greatest surviving examples of alabaster carving - virtually without rival in England - and offer a fascinating glimpse into the amour, robes, jewellery and headdresses of the day.
The earliest depicts the fearless judge William Gascoigne in the robes of the Lord Chief Justice with a finely carved purse on one side and a dagger on the other, while his wife wears a square head-dress and rests her feet on a little dog.
The latest -- of Edward Redman -- is thought to be a true likeness of the man, rare in Medieval times. At his feet is a tiny but perfectly carved figure of a bedesman who is shown saying prayers for the soul of the departed.
The church was restored in 1862-63 by Sir George Gilbert Scott, designer of St Pancras Station, the Albert Memorial and many churches. The interior has an unadorned simplicity and there is a fine west window.
All Saints' Church is sited within the beautiful grounds of Harewood House. For more information on visiting the house and grounds, please see their website: http://harewood.org/
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
Fine views in a harsh landscape
The north door is accessed down several steps which might be slippery in damp weather.
Disabled visitors can drive right to the west door of church. Small step into church.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings only a very small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
7 miles north of Leeds off A61 in grounds of Harewood House; follow signs for Harewood House; once through ticket barrier, turn immediately right
Nearest railway station: Weeton (2.9 miles).
Bus route numbers 36/381/383/425/561/781/923.
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit? You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.Harewood All Saints - Your Church Tour Yorkshire County Guide 2012
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in North, South and West Yorkshire. Printed copies of the county guides are also available at the church.
Community information for All Saints' Church, Harewood
All our West Yorkshire churches are in CCT's North region.
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