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
Full details of the crash can be found at Aircraft Accidents In Yorkshire
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, friendly societies existed to help families financially during times of illness or death in return for a monthly payment. The plaque is above the door of the Shepherds Hall which dates from 1873 (now a tea room)
The branch (No. 1343) was actually established in 1861
They still exist today as the Shepherds Friendly Society, offering savings and insurance.
This worn roadside inscription reads :-
“This enclosure was formerly used as a burial ground by The Society of Friends”
The single stone inside read ‘TW DECEM 18 1725’, a memorial to Thomas Watson of Horse House Farm who donated the land.
This drinking fountain dated 1904 stands in the centre of the village.
The “FL” motif stands for Sir Francis Ley who was a major benefactor to the village at this time. The village also has a Ley Hall and he was involved in the building of St James Church between 1901 and 1902.
The stand-pipe had the makers mark Ham, Baker and Co. Ltd but this seems to have gone, a metal cup still remains chained to the wall
The Wesleyen Chapel built in 1839 is next to the footpath which crosses the Esk via the stepping stones
If you look over the wall there next to the side door, there are a series of levels carved into the wall showing the heights of large floods.
The 1930 flood washed away bridges at Egton and Glasdale.
On the day I visited the Esk was swollen with melting snow and the stepping stones were covered, but the chapel is still 50m from the water which shows the extent of those floods.