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Gravestone of John Blenkinsop Approximately 2 Metres North of Tower of Church of the Holy Trinity

A Grade II Listed Building in Rothwell, Leeds

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Latitude: 53.7502 / 53°45'0"N

Longitude: -1.4813 / 1°28'52"W

OS Eastings: 434300

OS Northings: 428322

OS Grid: SE343283

Mapcode National: GBR LT32.3D

Mapcode Global: WHDBR.6ZVY

Plus Code: 9C5WQG29+3F

Entry Name: Gravestone of John Blenkinsop Approximately 2 Metres North of Tower of Church of the Holy Trinity

Listing Date: 28 March 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1184672

English Heritage Legacy ID: 342109

Location: Rothwell, Leeds, LS26

County: Leeds

Electoral Ward/Division: Rothwell

Built-Up Area: Rothwell

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Rothwell Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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LS26 (north side), Rothwell

5/80 Gravestone of
John Blankinsop
approx. 2 metres north
of tower of
Church of the Holy Trinity


Gravestone. Dated 1831. Sandstone. Rectangular slab, slightly raised, with
lettering in memory of John Blenkinsop, steward of the Middleton Estate, died
1831. Further lettering added at centenary in 1931 records that John
Blenkinsop "invented the rack railway in 1811 and on a line he built between
Leeds and Middleton four Matthew Murray locomotives ran from 1812 to 1835.
His system was adopted at Newcastle on Tyne in 1813 and Wigan in 1814. These
railways were the first an which steam locomotion was a commercial success".

Listing NGR: SE3430028322

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