Gargrave Divided – A Tale of Two manors

On 9 September 1452 Laurence Catterall of Little Mitton was attending a church service in St. Andrews, Gargrave, when he was suddenly seized, roughly dragged out of church and imprisoned by Sir Richard Percy.

Laurence Catterall was a Neville retainer and supported the Yorkists, the Percies were Lancastrians; on opposing sides in the bloody thirty year civil war that became known as the Wars of the Roses.

On 17th June 2016 Gillian Waters will explore the local tensions between Percy and Neville supporters that led to the outbreak of war in 1455 and the impact of those wars on the two manors of Gargrave.