AS YOU LEAVE Wakefield Westgate on the Leeds train this relict patch of countryside
soon appears, fringed by the suburbs of Alverthorpe and Wrenthorpe.
Alverthorpe Church was built after Wellington's victory at the Battle of Waterloo (1815) with a grant from a million pound fund that was given by the Government as a result of national thanksgiving and lobbying from a Committee.
On a visit to the churchyard in the autumn of 1995, I found kestrelpellets on the
porch steps. In winter these can consist of lots of grey fur, with odd splinter of
bone. In the summer I’ve found pellets here containing not just the skulls of small
mammals but also the shiny ribbed wing cases of dung beetles.
Sacred To the Memory of DAVID KIRK who was blown up into the air by an explosion of Fire
Damp and afterward fell into the Pit, whilst Banking at Messrs Barker and Child's Colliery in
this Village on the 13th day of August 1851 Aged 55 years
How sudden and how awful was the stroke By which the slender thread of life was broke Reader
reflect what happened unto me For ought thou knowst may happen unto thee
Also of Elizabeth, Wife of the above who departed this Life on the 29th day of November 1864,
Aged 70 Years
Forbear dear Friends to mourn and weep, While sweetly in the dust I sleep; This toilsom
world I’ve left behind, A glorious crown I hope to find.
David Kirk of Alverthorpe
In 1995 I photographed this gravestone near the tower to the south of the church.
Artwork from another of the walks maps I’m currently busy with.