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St MARY’S, Lead

St MARY’S, Lead

Chapel and site of a deserted medieval village. The chapel was once the chapel of Lead Manor, which has vanished, and dates from the 11th century (though there may have been an earlier church on the site). Nearby is the location of the Battle of Towton (1461), the bloodiest battle in British history - it is said that Cock Beck, which you cross to get to the chapel, ran red with blood. The chapel contains medieval grave slabs and 18th century furnishings and texts. It was rescued from decay by a group of walkers 1931/32 and has been known as the Ramblers' Church ever since.

B1217
Saxton
Nr Tadcaster
North Yorkshire
LS24 9QH
Medieval
St Mary's, Lead
Churches Conservation Trust website
Towton Battlefield
Churches Conservation Trust