SE2126 : Birstall parish churchyard (1) -19th century memorials

taken 1 year ago, near to Birstall Smithies, Kirklees, Great Britain

Birstall parish churchyard (1)  -19th century memorials
Birstall parish churchyard (1) -19th century memorials
The larger part of the churchyard is on the north side of Kirkgate, the church itself being on the south.
Saint Peter's Church, Kirkgate, Birstall
The present building is the fourth stone church to occupy the site. The first stone church was built around 1100 AD and the lower part of the tower is all that remains of that building today. It was extended between 1320 and 1390. From that period the church has a Norman font, holy water stoops, part of a grave slab and the tombstones of three Knights Hospitallers.

In 1490 the church was rebuilt again. There were various changes and additions until the present church was built between 1865 and 1870.

The Rev W. M. Heald, vicar of Birstall, inspired Charlotte Bronte's character the Rector Mr Hall in her novel Shirley published in 1849.

There are numerous carvings and artefacts of great historical interest in the church.
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Date Taken
Monday, 31 July, 2017   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 1 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Burial ground, Crematorium 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 2175 2624 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:43.9263N 1:40.3074W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 2176 2625
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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