SE0839 : Memorial to William Ferrand MP on the St Ives Estate

taken 4 years ago, near to Harden, Bradford, Great Britain

Memorial to William Ferrand MP on the St Ives Estate
Memorial to William Ferrand MP on the St Ives Estate
The memorial to the estate's one-time owner is situated only a few metres from a well-used path but appears to be less well known than the memorial to his mother a short distance away SE0839 : Lady Blantyre's Rock, nor is it listed.

The obelisk is carved on three of its four sides with a tribute to the man, which I transcribe below. To see the gaps in this obviously one-sided record of his life, read his Wikipedia biography, whence we learn that this "denouncer of all corruption" lost his seat in Parliament after being found guilty of bribery. Politics never changes.

In Bingley Cemetery rests William Ferrand of St Ives who so affectionately dedicated the rustic monument below this rock to my mother and I, Fanny Mary Ferrand his loving wife, dedicate this memorial to his dear and lamented memory.

In early life he took an active part in support of the Ten Hours Factory Bill, and after seventeen years of ceaseless effort, he assisted as MP for Knaresborough in carrying it through the House of Commons.

He brought under notice the iniquities of the truck system, and a stringent law was passed to compel the payment of wages in the current coin of the realm.

He vigorously exposed the harsh clauses of the new Poor Law until they were removed from the statue book, and he was the firm denouncer of all corruption among public men.

He planted about 400 acres of wood for the benefit of the property and to beautify his native place.

He was MP for Knaresborough from 1841 to 1847, and for Devonport from 1863 to 1865, was a Deputy Lieutenant of the West Riding and acted as a magistrate for nearly 30 years, during a great portion of which time he presided as Chairman of the Keighley Petty Sessional Division in perfect harmony with his fellow magistrates.

He died the 31st of March 1889, in his 80th year.

St Ives Estate, Bingley :: SE0939

Located on the western side of the Aire Valley above Bingley in West Yorkshire, St Ives Estate is a country park of 217ha. Much of the estate is woodland and heath, and in these areas are various places with evidence of ancient settlements in the Stone, Bronze and Iron Age, Roman and medieval periods. These include the “Fairfax entrenchment”, an ancient ditch named after a Civil War general but actually much older. From the 12th to the 16th centuries the land belonged to Rievaulx and Drax abbeys and was known as Harden Grange.

After the Dissolution it passed through various hands, latterly the Ferrand family from 1636. They included Walker Ferrand who landscaped part of the estate in the early 19th century, and William Ferrand MP who in 1858 renamed it “St Ives”. The Ferrand family sold the estate to Bingley Urban District Council in 1928. It now belongs to Bradford District Council who maintain it with public access to a most of the estate other than the mansion, golf course and riding school.

The whole estate is a Grade II listed park. The 17th century Harden Grange, the 19th century St Ives Mansion (now a care home), and several other individual buildings are also listed grade II.

Sources: Some of the above text is taken from the website of the Friends of St Ives LinkExternal link and some from the list description (Historic England list entry 1001707).

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Wednesday, 17 January, 2018
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