This redundant church is located in the park belonging to Harewood House. The present building replaced an earlier church on the same site around 1410.
The font may have 12thc Romanesque elements.
The church had a large parish pre-Conquest extending from Weeton and Dunkeswick on the N bank of the Wharfe to East Keswick, E of Harewood, and S to Allwoodley. All Saints was roughly central in this area (Faull and Moorhouse 1981, map 15).
The manor was held by the king in 1086, but by 1096 had probably been granted to Robert de Romilly. In 1166 de Curcy held it, and gifts were made to Bolton Priory (Faull and Moorhouse 1987; Butler 1986, 1992).
Harewood castle is a 14thc structure in the angle of the road up from the bridge over the Wharfe; Harewood House is an 18thc mansion in an extensive park.
The site - or sites - of the medieval village have not been established, although several areas of earthworks have been noted; the present village of Harewood was built in the late 18thc as part of the general remodelling by the Lascelles family.
Ryder (1991, 26-28) says that Harewod has the largest collection of cross slabs in the county, although many are fragments of relatively little interest. He illustrates three (Ryder nos. 1, 3, and 6) which may be of 12thc date. Slab 1: Magnesian limestone with a simple incised design of a cross within a ring, and a stem. He does not suggest a date for his slab 2, a piece with shears, but Butler (1986, 108) suggests mid-12thc (his no. 2).
Two of these were placed loose in the chancel having come from the filling of one of the tombs; they have been stolen (Ryder nos. 1 and 2).
Ryder slab no. 3 is built into the internal face of the S wall of the chancel, one metre above the arch of the Ryther tomb. This slab is probably the same as that noted by Butler (1986, 102) as 'item 3... interior S wall of chancel, above S tomb, cross head with round leaf foliage, no leaf buds, narrow shaft, incised design'. Ryder describes slab no. 3 as having a damaged 'bracelet' cross design; late 12thc or early 13thc.
The old font sits towards the E end of the S nave aisle (the modern font by Scott is near the W doorway). The old font is probably 13thc, as Leach and Pevsner suggest (2009, 297), but since the bowl is supported by two heavy roll mouldings and a third roll with cable, it looks back to 12thc forms. There is some white pigment, topped with a deep crimson, mostly just above the upper roll moulding. Some tooling was also noticed on the underside of the bowl. Inside, the original bowl seems to have been machine cut, reducing a medieval bowl to a shallow tray. The splayed foot of the font is in an even-grained light yellow sandstone and may not belong with the medieval part above; Peter Ryder in his field notes on the church (1988, 12) says that the base is modern.
|Depth of basin||0.15 m|
|Diameter of bowl at top||0.75 m|
|Diameter of interior basin||0.526 m|
|Estimated max. diameter of larger roll moulding||0.57 m|
L. A. S. Butler, 'All Saints' Church, Harewood', Yorkshire Archaeological Journal, 58 (1986), 85-108.
L. A. S. Butler, All Saints' Church Harewood, West Yorkshire, Halifax, 1992.
E. Coatsworth, Western Yorkshire. Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture, vol. VIII, Oxford, 2008.
M. L. Faull & S. A. Moorhouse, eds., West Yorkshire: an Archaeological Survey to 1500, Wakefield, 1981.
P. Leach and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Yorkshire: West Riding: Leeds, Bradford and the North, New Haven and London, 2009, 296-98.
P. F. Ryder, All Saints Church, Harewood, Field notes for West Yorkshire Archaeological Services, Leeds, 1988.