The below is the forward from the Publication Booklet – The actual inscriptions are now contained in the AWFHS Research Database.
The Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist, Adel are made available thanks to the co-operation of the Rector of Adel Church and the great efforts of a good many members and volunteers of the Wharfedale Family History Group.
I would like to make a special mention to all those who worked tirelessly alongside Joan Emery in the initial three years of transcribing the grave stones under difficult weather conditions. I would also like to pay a special tribute to Stephen Miller who undertook, more recently, a large section of the transcription and for his excellent work in producing the computer indexing and publication of the final document, which you are now reading.
I cannot recall all the volunteers who have helped in this project but would like to thank David and Peggy Allen, Les Wolstenhulme, Susan and John Hartley, Fred Lister (who forfeited his cricket matches on occasions) and Freda Lawson. My apologies to anyone who has not been specifically mentioned, but thanks too, without you this mammoth task would not have been completed.
Gerald Lawson, August, 1998.
Since the publication of this index of gravestones within Adel Church it has come to light that earlier work on the transcriptions was undertaken by Rector Draper in 1908. I am very grateful to Mrs V. Crompton who holds the only copy of this work for bringing to our attention a few minor discrepancies in the publication. There is one total omission which has been added and marked § but otherwise the amendments are listed to correct the transcription carried out between 1995 and 1998.
LAST UPDATED 26TH March 2003 – 2nd Edition.
By: Stanley Merridew
This linear village was part of the parish of Adel until 1865 when the village church was opened. It is a good example of how the Church of England’s slow response to a rising population allowed nonconformists to thrive in communities remote from the parish church. Arthington is three to four miles from Adel church, uphill virtually all the way. Not an easy journey for a family with toddlers and elderly relatives in tow.Read More