Harewood – All Saints

All Saints - Harewood

All Saints is within the Harewood Estate which is between Leeds and Harrogate in Yorkshire, England.

Harewood House

Sundial above the South Porch, bearing the name ‘Robert Smith j75j’ – which I take to be ‘Robert Smith 1751’ – which was an interesting time for dates.


Mass dial (or scratch dial) – many of the mass dials I’ve seen are relatively low down near a south door of the church.  This one relatively high up on one of the offset buttresses. I could only just reach it to place a pencil in the central position.  There is evidence that a metal rod (gnomon) protruded from the centre – I have to wonder if there used to be a metal dial (brass?) and the scratch marks provide a workable replacement for the original. (10)

Inside the church
Interior - All Saints Church - Harewood

Interior - All Saints Church - Harewood I’m not 100% sure what this is but it seems to have a piscina at the front – maybe a simple cupboard for the paraphernalia of the priest.


Font - All Saints Church - Harewood


Font - All Saints Church - Harewood

In addition, located in the south aisle are the remains of a Norman font with a shallow bowl and rope-moulded foot (with a later base).

Norman Font on a later base

Norman Font on a later base

Alabaster Tombs

Effigies and Tombs, All Saints Church - Harewood

Tomb Detail        Alabaster Tomb detail - All Saints - Harewood

The casual glance of the tombs fails to reveal the fading colours of the effigies but some idea of what the tombs may have looked like can be imagined from the gentle colours here.   I particularly fascinated by the hair style of the knight – a definite basin cut!

Tomb Animals

One for the kids – just how many animals can you find included in the sculptures?  I think the Lion, shown here, is my favourite – not sure if Lions smile but this one has a real ‘beamer’.

Alabaster Tomb detail - All Saints - Harewood
This small sculpture is the figure of a bedesman – somebody who would be paid to pray for the deceased.

Tomb Side Sculptures

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When I have visited this particular church there has often been other visitors exploring the architecture and alabaster tombs, but I have never seen anybody ‘bend a knee’ and examine the details of the sides of the tombs – which is a shame, because they hold another level of interest.

Stained Glass

Examples of the stained glass


Interior - All Saints Church - Harewood


The church is another in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust (1), although I presume that it is still owned by the Harewood Estate.


Churches Conservation Trust (1)
British Listed Buildings (2)
Harewood Estate


13 Responses to “Harewood – All Saints”

  1. I like the new blog. Good move.

  2. Beautiful photos, I love the ones of the tombs…..I love them all really.

  3. It’s a beautiful church.

    The level of detail on the tombs, I would imagine much of it had to have been done while those individuals were still living.

  4. Excellent shots, Stephen. Is there a date for the year that this church was completed? Also, do you have a date for the tombs of the knight and his lady, and their identification? The side shots of the various saints of the early Church are quite good. Thank you!

    • I thin the concept of ‘completed’ needs some care as the church, as the majority I visit have been modified through the centuries – suffice to say, this is supposedly a 15th Century church, restored in 1793 and 1863. There is a skill in ‘reading’ churches which I am struggling to gain – even the simple terminology used in the architectural features!
      I will be adding further information to the page as I clarify details from various sources.
      The oldest of the tombs is of Sir William Gascoigne died 1419 of Gawthorpe who had been Lord Chief Justice of England and Elizabeth Mowbray his first wife. (This simple sentence begs a number of supplementary questions – His second wife Joan, survived him until 1426 and is buried at Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, Yorkshire. In which case how accurate is the likeness of his first wife, when did she die, what were the thoughts of his second wife about having his first wife’s effigy on his tomb, etc, etc.)
      Since I took the pictures of the saints I have found information which suggest that I need to investigate further I certainly need to review my presentation – I’ve shown them from the various tombs, but I suspect I need to tidy this up.
      One of the reasons for my ‘page’ orientated approach, as opposed the general blog post, is that I can augment each as I go along.
      As a slight aside, I have considered the opposite to my current approach, i.e. doing the research before I visit, but I quite sure this would skew my ‘moment in time’ way of looking at things – what does the casual observer see when they visit – not ‘now where is x I need to photograph that.

      • Thank you for sharing your process with us. I like what your are doing with this new site and look forward to your future additions. Thanks again for the details on the tombs and their effigies.

  5. Man, you have these beautiful buildings brimming with art and history just lying around the countryside?! Why don’t I live in England?!

    • 🙂 – I’m sure we can squeeze you in somewhere. Just bear in mind there are around 84 Americans per square mile in the US and we poor sods snuggle into our 650 Brits per square mile. 😉

  6. thanks for this blog, and for the photos. I came across info on this church in an old copy of “British Review”, no. 31. The article concerned the repair of these monuments; the photos were limited. Although the kneeling bederman at the foot of the Redman/Huddlestone is outstanding. Thanks for your photos!

    • I’m glad you found them useful – this was my major purpose for starting the blog. People who are remote to the sites can read various texts, but a picture can sometimes add clarity (or destroy illusion).

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