I paid a short visit on Saturday to the Scarecrow festival held at St Mary’s Church in Gomersal.
But my main purpose was to find the grave of Mary Taylor who is buried in the grounds of the church.
Mary was a feminist, successful businesswoman and a very close friend of the novelist Charlotte Bronte, whom she first met at Roe Head School in Mirfield. The Taylor family built the Red House in Gomersal in 1660 which the family owned until 1920.
In 1969 Spenborough Corporation acquired the house and turned it into a museum.
Whatever the future holds for the museum, it is imperative that the building is preserved as it represents a very important part of history in the Spen Valley.
John Appleyard, Liversedge