Richard III Society

Yorkshire Branch

Northern Churches, Cathedrals and Minsters with Wars of the Roses Burials

County Durham

Chester le Street. St Mary’s (Thomas Lord Lumley. George Lord Lumley) Burial place of the two Lord Lumley’s who supported the house of York. No monument visible.

Gainsford. St Mary’s. (Sir William Pudsey. Katherine Brackenbury) A table monument with a lost brass at the east end of the south aisle, is the tomb of Sir William Pudsey. An indentured retainer of the Earl of Salisbury, he was a committed Yorkist. The church was also the burial place of Katherine Brackenbury, sister of Sir Robert Brackenbury, Richard’s Constable of the Tower of London. She and her husband William Pegg are commemorated by a brass inscription in the chancel.

Hilton, St Peter. (Sir William Hilton) No visible monument.

Staindrop, St Mary’s. (Ralph, Earl of Westmoreland) The family church of the Neville’s. The tomb of Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmoreland stands at the south end of the church. His effigy if flanked by his two wives. Neither is buried here. Margaret Stafford was buried at Brancepth and Joan Beaufort in Lincoln Cathedral.


Carlisle Cathedral (Bishop Richard Bell) Bishop Bell’s tomb is in the choir. His brass has a decoration of three dinosaurs. A lifelong Yorkist, the Bishop was present at the entry into York of Richard III in September 1483.

Lannercost Priory (Humphrey, Lord Dacre and Maud Parr. Thomas, Lord Dacre and Elizabeth Greystoke) Humphrey Lord Dacre and his wife Maude Parr have a tomb chest in the north choir aisle. Humphrey supported Lancaster until 1462, when he surrendered to the Yorkist’s. In the south choir aisle is the large tomb of his son Thomas, and his wife Elizabeth Greystoke. Thomas a Yorkist supporter, fought for Richard III at the battle of Bosworth.

Millom, Holy Trinity. (Sir John Huddleston and Joan FitzHugh. Sir Richard Huddleston and Margaret Neville) A damaged tomb chest with alabaster effigies is the last resting place of Sir John Huddleston and his wife Joan FitzHugh. John supported the house of York and was present at Tewkesbury. The tomb chest ascribed to Richard Huddleston, son of above, and his wife Margaret Neville. Believed to have fought at Bosworth.

Wetherall, Holy Trinity. (Sir Richard Salkeld and his wife Jane Vaux) Alabaster effigies on a tomb chest. Richard was an Esquire of the Body to Richard III.


Ormskirk, St Peter and St Paul. (Thomas Lord Stanley, Earl of derby and Eleanor Neville) In The tomb ascribed to Thomas, Lord Stanley, later Earl of Derby, and his first wife Eleanor Neville, lies in this church. Thomas a famous fence sitter, married as his second wife Margaret Beaufort, and famously betrayed Richard III at Bosworth. His eldest son, George Lord Strange, a hostage of Richard III before Bosworth, is also buried in this church. George died from poisoning “at an ungodly banquet”.

Tunstall, St John the Baptist. (Thomas Tunstall) A supporter much favoured by Richard III, Thomas served Richard as an Esquire of the Body. He was present at Bosworth.


Hexham Abbey (Henry Beaufort, Duke of Somerset. Thomas, Lord Roos) There is a slab from a tomb said the be part of the tomb of Henry Beaufort in this Abbey church. A fervent Lancastrian, Henry was at the battles of Wakefield, Towton, Hedgeley Moor and Hexham. Captured after the latter he was executed at Newcastle. Another Lancastrian executed after Hexham, Thomas, Lord Roos, is also believed to have been buried here.


Kendal, Holy Trinity (Sir William Parr) In the Parr chapel is the table tomb of Sir William Parr. A lifelong Yorkist, he was among the first to join Edward IV on his return from exile in 1471. William was at the battles of Barnet and Tewkesbury. He served Edward IV as Comptroller of the Household, and was present at Edward’s funeral.


Allerton Mauleverer, St Martin’s. (Sir John Mauleverer and Anne Banks. Sir Thomas Mauleverer and Elizabeth de la Ryver) Alabaster effigies, much battered in the north transept chapel. Sir John fought for the Lancastrians at Wakefield and Towton, before joining John Neville’s campaign for the Yorkist’s in 1464. d 1476. Sir Thomas fought for Richard of Gloucester in the Scots campaign 1481/82. Fought for Richard III at the battle of Bosworth.

Askrigg, St Oswald’s There are no visible Metcalfe monuments in the church, but it was here the James Metcalfe founded a chantry chapel in the 1460’s, to pray for the souls of his family.

Aston, All Saints (Sir John Melton) In the north aisle is the brass commemorating Sir John Melton. A Yorkist he is said to have laid the first stone of the chapel Richard III intended to build commemorating the dead of the battle of Towton.

Beverley Minster. (Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland) A large tomb chest with no effigy is the final resting place of Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland, famous for not supporting Richard III at Bosworth. Northumberland was murdered by a vengeful mob on Topcliffe Moor while attempting to collect taxes for Henry VII in 1489; it is said in retaliation for his betrayal of Richard.

Birkin St Mary’s. (Sir John Everingham) Knight of the Body to Richard III. Fought at Bosworth. No visible monument.

Bracewell, St Michael’s (Sir Thomas Tempest) Made a knight banneret in the campaign in Scotland by Richard of Gloucester. No visible monument.

Bulmer, St Martin’s (Sir Ralph Bulmer) A large slab with a damaged inscription with a nineteenth century inscription marks the last resting place of Sir Ralph Bulmer.

Burton Agnes. St Martin’s. (Sir Walter Griffiths and Joan Neville) A tomb chest with alabaster effigies. Sir Gervase was present in Edward IV’s French expedition in 1475.

Catterick, St Anne’s. (William Burgh and Elizabeth Conyers) Sir William and his wife are buried in the north chapel. On the wall is a board with brasses to the couple, William’s parents and grandparents. William was an indentured retainer of Richard of Gloucester.

Flamborough, St Oswald’s. (Sir Marmaduke Constable) To the north side of the altar is the large table tomb of Sir Marmaduke Constable. Marmaduke known as little Sir Marmaduke due to his small stature was high in the favour with Richard of Gloucester. He fought for Richard at Bosworth, but later had a long distinguished career under ther Tudors. He was one of the commanders of the left wing at the battle of Flodden in 1514. His long inscription fails to mention his service to Richard.

Giggleswick, St Alkelda’s. (Sir Richard Tempest) At the east end of the north aisle is the tomb with stone effigies of Sir Richard and his wife Sybill. Sir Richard fought for Richard III at Bosworth. He is said to have been buried with the head of his charger.

Halsham, All Saints. (Sir John Constable)

Harewood, All Saints. (Edward Redmayne and Elizabeth Huddleston) Among the fine tombs in this church is that of Edward Redmayne and his wife. Edward fought for Richard III at Bosworth.

Hornby, St Mary’s. (Christopher Conyers and Ellyn Rlyston) A brass inscription commemorates Christopher Conyers and his wife. Christopher and his family were loyal servants of the houses of Neville and York.

Methley. St Oswald’s. (Lionel, Lord Welles and 1st wife Cecilia Waterton) In the Waterton chapel is the tomb of Lord Welles and his first wife Cecelia Waterton. Lionel fought for Lancaster at the battle of Mortimer’s Cross, 2nd St Albans and Towton where he was killed.

Middleham, St Mary and St Alkelda Of the first church on this site little remains. The earliest plan of a church on the site is dated 1280. The present St Mary and St Alkelda was enlarged by John, Lord Neville in 1340. In 1388 Richard II granted the town the right to hold a fair on St Alkelda’s day. Richard of Gloucester as Lord of Middleham obtained a licence from his brother Edward IV in 1477 to turn the church into a collegiate foundation. This was finally confirmed in 1481. When Richard became King the church was known as Kings College Middleham. The title Kings was dropped after his death. The church ceased to be a collegiate foundation in 1845 and has now reverted to a Parish church. The interior has a small window presented by the Richard III society showing Richard, Anne Neville and their son. There is also an altar cloth with the arms of Richard and Anne used on dates connected with the couple.

Ripon Cathedral, (Sir Thomas Markenfield and Elinor Conyers) In the NE transept, a tomb chest with weathered stone effigies. Thomas, a supporter of Richard III fought at the battle of Bosworth.

Saxton, St Mary’s (Ranulph, Lord Dacre) In the churchyard is a large table tomb is the tomb of Ranulph, Lord Dacre, killed fighting for Lancaster at the battle of Towton. Legend that Ranulph was buried with his horse proved to be true when excavations in 1861 found the horses head.

Sheffield Cathedral. (George Talbot, 4th Earl of Shrewsbury and wives Anne Hastings and Elizabeth Walden) In the Shrewsbury chapel of the cathedral is the beautiful tomb of George, 4th Earl of Shrewsbury, and his two wives Anne Hastings and Elizabeth Walden. Elizabeth was responsible for the making of the tomb. George was present at the battle of Bosworth beside Richard III.

Sheriff Hutton, St Helen’s. (George Neville, Duke of Bedford. Sir Thomas Gower and Agnes Thwaites) Buried in this church was George Neville, Duke of Bedford, the son of John Neville, Marquis Montagu. A further burial connected to the period is that of Sir Thomas Gower and his wife. Thomas was Constable of Sheriff Hutton castle. No monuments exist to these burials. The burial of Edward of Middleham, Richard III’s son in the church is now thought to be erroneous.

Snaith. St Lawrence’s. (John Dawney) A low tomb chest in the chancel marks the burial of John Dawney. John was Treasurer of the Household to Richard III’s son Edward of Middleham.

South Cowton, St Mary’s. (Sir Richard Conyers and wives Alice Wycliffe and Katherine Bowes)

Thornhill (Sir John Savile and Alice Gascoigne. Sir John Savile and wives Alice Vernon and Elizabeth Paston) A tomb chest with alabaster effigies marks the resting place of Sir John Savile and his two wives. John served with Richard of Gloucester.

Tickhill, St Mary’s. (Sir Thomas Fitzwilliam and Lucy Neville) In the NW corner of the church is the much battered tomb of Sir Thomas Fitzwilliam and Lucy Neville. Thomas is thought to have fought for Richard III at Bosworth. His wife Lucy was the daughter of John Neville, Marquis Montagu and was a cousin of Edward IV and Richard III. She married as her second husband Sir Anthony Browne. During his tenure as Lieutenant of Calais it was noted Lucy “lovyth not the King Grace” (Henry VII).

Wath, St Margaret’s. (Sir John Norton) A brass in the south chapel commemorates Sir John Norton who fought for Richard III at Bosworth.