History talks and churchyard walks at Kirby Underdale

On Saturday 18th May, All Saints’ Church at Kirby Underdale welcomed a visiting group from Whitkirk parish in Leeds. After a talk on the history of the church by Dr Ruth Beckett, local historian and one of the church wardens, the group had time to explore both church and churchyard before enjoying refreshments in the village hall.

Temple Newsam, which is in Whitkirk parish, was previously owned by ancestors of the present Lord Halifax. It was in 1922 that Edward Lindley Wood, who became Viscount Halifax in 1934 and 1st Earl of Halifax in 1944, sold Temple Newsam to Leeds Corporation. One of the conditions of the sale was that a service should be held each year to commemortate the occasion. This service is provided by Whitkirk Church.

If your church or special interest group would like to book a talk and guided tour with Ruth of All Saints’ Church, Kirby Underdale, please get in touch with Ruth on 07956806313. Bookings can be made for visits on a weekend or an evening and come with refreshments!

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