History of All Saints Church Ledsham

All Saints Church Ledsham is in Ledsham.

680. Saxon stonework incorporated in to the later building of All Saints Church Ledsham. Butcher's cleaver; possibly Romam altar stone.

Saxon doorway; original entrance to the circa 680 Saxong porch which subsequently became the tower of All Saints Church Ledsham.

1650. Almhouses overlooking All Saints Church Ledsham. The almshouses were commissioned by John Lewis 1st Baronet Ledstone 1615-1671 (35) around 1650.

1658. All Saints Church Ledsham. Brass floor memorial to Jane Woodgrove -1658.

Around 16 Jun 1662 Mary Witham Baronetess Bolles 1579-1662 (82) was buried at All Saints Church Ledsham some six weeks after her death as stipulated by her will by which she provided £120 to "retain her kindred, friends and servants together, and to entertain other persons ordinary and extraordinary".

Her tomb consists of a large block of white marble on a black slab on which her finely carved effigy rests showing her in a winding sheet. The black slab is supported by black pillars with white capitals and base.

At the head of the tomb are the arms Witham as a widow: Or three eaglets overall a bend gules. The Witham crest: Out of a ducal coronet or a demi-woman hair dishevelled holding in dester hand a gem ring.

At the sides Jobson (impaling Witham and Bolles implaing Witham.

The inscription ...

Here under, lyeth interred the Body of the Right Worshipful Dame Mary Bolles of Heath Hall, in the County of York, Baronetess, on of the daughters of William Witham, of the worshipful and ancient Family of Witham of Leadstone Hall, in the County aforesaid, Esquire; who married to her first husband Thomas Jobson of Cudworth, in the said County, Esquire, by whom she had issue Thomas Jobson, Esquire, and Elizabeth, who married Thomas Sheerebrooke of Oxon, in the Country of Nottingham, Esquire. The said Dame Mary Bolles had to her second husband Thomas Bolles of Asbarstone, in the Country of Nottingham, Esquire; by who she had issue Ann, married the Right Worshipful Sir William Dalston of Dalston, in the County of Cumberland, King and Baronet; and Mary, who married Thomas Legh of Alington, in the County of Cheshire, Esquire. The said Dame Mary Bolles, being 83 years of age, departed this mortal life at Heath Hall, aforesaid, the 5 day of May, in the year of our Lord 1662.

Her bowels were buried at the Church of St Peter Kirkthorpe.

On 14 Aug 1671 John Lewis 1st Baronet Ledstone 1615-1671 (56) died without male issue. Baronet Lewis of Ledstone extinct. His daughters Elizabeth Lewis Countess Huntingdon 1654-1688 (17) and Mary Lewis Countess Scarsdale 1658-1684 (13) inherited his estates.

He and his wife Sarah Foote Lady Lewis 1628-1705 (43) were buried at All Saints Church Ledsham. Hand On Skull. Sculpted by Thomas Cartwright Sculptor Architect 1635-1703 (36).

Before 05 May 1672. Samuel Cooper Painter 1609-1672. Portrait of Sarah Foote Lady Lewis 1628-1705.

On 02 Jan 1740 Elizabeth "Lady Betty" Hastings 1682-1739 (57) was buried at All Saints Church Ledsham. Marble monument by Peter Scheemakers 1691-1781 (49) with statues of her half-sisters Anna Hastings -1750 and Frances Hastings -1750 either side representing Piety and Prudence.

Before 1710 Godfrey Kneller 1646-1723. Portrait of Elizabeth

On 28 Jul 1915 Lieutenant Theodore William Warlow 1895-1915 (20) died from wounds received whilst trying to take a wounded man into safety on 19 Jul 1915. He was buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. Memorial in All Saints Church Ledsham.

The River Aire rises around Malham Tarn after which it travels broadley south-west past Skipton Castle, Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds, Methley, Castleford, where it is joined by the River Calder, within 2km of All Saints Church Ledsham then Brotherton before joining the River Ouse just north of Airmyn.

Interior of All Saints Church Ledsham including blocked up Saxon windows and doorways.

Exterior of All Saints Church Ledsham.