SE2126 : Birstall parish churchyard (3) - Yeilding memorial

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

Birstall parish churchyard (3) - Yeilding memorial
Birstall parish churchyard (3) - Yeilding memorial
By the mid 20th century the large memorial favoured by the Victorians had gone out of fashion, so this large slab memorial to Ethel Yeilding (died 1948) and her husband Richard (died 1964) is unusual. Perhaps it is because Ethel was the eldest daughter of the prominent Edwardian politician Sir Robert Laidlaw LinkExternal link
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)
Tuesday, 1 August, 2017
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Burial ground, Crematorium 
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