A Phantom jet based at the major USAF base at Alconbury crashed in Lealholm at 09:40 on 27th April 1979.
This plaque is at the point the jet crossed the road before disintergrating and killing the Pilot – Major Donald Lee Schuyler and Navigator – Lt Thomas Wheeler
Lealholm only had a Quaker cemetery until St. James’ Church was built around the turn of the century by Sir Francis Ley.
Before that burials were either at Danby or Glaisdale and this building housed the village hearse.
I think the date stone reads MDCCCLVI (1856)
Long before any state benefits,Â friendly societies existed to help families financially during times ofÂ illness or death in return for a monthly payment. The plaque is above the door of the Shepherds Hall which dates fromÂ 1873 (now a tea room)
The branch (No.Â 1343) was actually established in 1861
They still exist today as theÂ Shepherds Friendly Society, offering savings and insurance.