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Click to enlarge The Parish Church of All Saints was probably built in the 1420s and 30s. It is thought to have been founded by Richard Fleming, Bishop of Lincoln. ( 1)

The lych gate, a roofed gateway to the churchyard, was often used at burials for sheltering a coffin until the clergyman's arrival.

From the churchyard there is a fine view westwards towards the neighbouring village of Walton and, on the horizon, Emley Moor Transmitter.

The stocks outside the church are thought to date from Tudor times. The Lychgate was built as a memorial to the men of Crofton who died in service to their country. (2)

The Wilson Mausoleum is a prominent feature of the churchyard. There was once a Georgian vault for Sir Henry Wright Wilson (1760 - 1832) and his wife, Lady Francis.
It seems that the vault was demolished and grassed over on the orders of the vicar. (6)

The Wilson Family lived at Crofton Hall from 1870 until 1924. Later the Hall became Brown's Tutorial School. Crofton Hall was built around 1750.
The original two wings of the original building were demolished by Henry Smithson Lee Wilson, and new, larger wings built in their place. The building was generally Victorianised.
The building ended its days as Brown's Tutorial School and was demolished shortly after the closure of the school in 1980. (3)
Inside the mausoleum a guardian angel watches over the Wilson Family. Joe Anderson picks his way through the history of the Wilson family in his book The Wilsons of Crofton Hall. (4)

Cross of St. George English Heritage
All Saints' Church is a listed building. Find out more on Images of England.
IoE Number: 342326. Location:High Street, Crofton Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Date listed: 22 November 1966. Grade II*.

Also listed at the church:
The Stocks
IoE Number: 342325. Location: Stocks Near To Entrance To Churchyard Of Church Of All Saints, High Street (North Off), Crofton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Date listed: 27 August 1986. Grade II.

The Wilson Mausoleum
IoE Number: 468922. Location: Wilson Mausoleum To North East Of All Saints Church, High Street (North East Off),  Crofton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
Date listed: 30 October 1997. Grade II.


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Crofton All Saints' Church. [2017]

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The Wilson Mausoleum and, in the foreground, the grave of Edward Hailstone of Walton Hall.
More about Edward Hailstone here.

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The lych gate at All Saints' Church.

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The monumental inscription for Richmal Mangnall is on the wall of the transept.
More about Richmal Mangnall here.

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The stocks near Crofton church.


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The Wilson Mausoleum.


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The Guardian Angel at the Wilson Mausoleum.



Click to enlarge. (Images of England listing)
Grave slab and sarcophagus - Listed
These lie alongside each other immediately to south of 1st bay of the nave of Church of All Saints GV II Grave slab and sarcophagus.
Possibly medieval sarcophagus, grave slab c1743, Ashlar.

Click to enlarge.Sarcophagus cut from one piece of stone, tapers to foot and broadens at shoulders, narrows to head with inner recess for head.

Grave slab memorial to Mary Hirst and "Richard Hepworth of Heath yeoman who died April the 21st 1743".
Has good lettering and top carved with winged heads.

Date listed: 27 August 1986.

The Images of England website consists of images of listed buildings based on the statutory list as it was in 2001.
For the current listed status of individual buildings please go to The National Heritage List for England.


Notes & Sources
1. Photographic History of Crofton 1900 to 2000, published by Crofton Millennium Committee, p 9.
2. Ibid., p. 10.
3. Ibid., p. 49.
4. The Wilsons of Crofton Hall, by Joe Anderson, 2003.

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