These photographs and notes are from our trip to Yorkshire in March, where we visited our good friends at their home in Collingham. The weather was mostly cloudy and very cool, but we coped well by seeking out centuries-old pubs where we could have leisurely lunches on heavy oaken tables in front of glowing stone fireplaces.
Today Harewood House is home to the Earl and Countess of Harewood, who reside in the upper story that's closed to the public. I'm not sure I'd enjoy being forced to allow paying customers to traipse through my property most of the year, but then I can't say that I really feel all that sorry for the owners.
All Saints' Church is located on the grounds of Harewood House. Its churchyard is dominated by headstones of 18th and 19th century parishioners, several of whose inscriptions speak poignantly of the bereavement of loved ones. Many of them also speak to the Christian piety of the people of the time, which is even sadder--to think that all of those people squandered their entire lives on such silly superstition, and now it's too late for any of them to do anything about it.
All Saints' Church is especially renowned for its 15th and 16th century alabaster effigies of the Lords and Ladies of Harewood and nearby Gawthorpe estate. If I had to be buried in a church (and thank the Sublime Nymph of the Sacred Sylvan Glen that I don't have to be), I'd wish for an impressive tomb like these.