The original St Leonard’s chapel to Potterspury was where the Old Packhouse stands now.

There is very little mention of the early chapel of St Leonard’s in YardleyGobion but here are two wills from the 16th century that do.


Red print refers to the chapel of St Leonards Yardley

NRO Northants Wills William Goodman 1526


In name of god Amen the yere of our lorde god An Dom 1526 I Wyllyam Goodman of yerdlay gobyon in the countie of Northampton hole of mynde make my testament in fforme [follow]ing ffirst I bequeth my sowle to almightie god to lady sainte marie and all the holi company [of] heven and my bodie to be burid in the churchyarde [of[ sainte Nicholas in Est perye Item to the mother church [of] Lincoln iiijd also for my pricipall my best quike …ste Itm to the reparcon of every altare in the churche missing buchelle of barley Itm to the bellis ij bushellis whete missing the Rode lightie ij bushels barley I give the (missing) off the preiste that shall sing att the Chappell (missing) [sa]inte Leonarde in yardley in days in the Weke A (missing) the Which cowe I will that the proffett that shallbe off hur be devydid hallfe to pyrry and the other [hal]fe to yerdeley and so to constitute ever to the preistes (missing) and to no other use the Residew of all other of missing [good]es unbequethe to my Wife Christaine to occupie there after proffett for hir life tyme and so to bestow them missing owte of this Worlde to the best use to the missing A most profett to owr sowles and all owr missing my executors to performe my Will I chowes my missing and my son John Goodman Supervisors my missing Richerd Goodman Ric Yorke and Ric Woodwarde witness William Bealy preste Ric Woodwarde the elder J. bowgheton and others


In this very early Yardley will farming goods were bequeathed to the priest to sing in the week in the chapel of Saint Leonards (now the old Packhorse) also profits from the sale of a cow to be shared between the priests of Potterspury and Yardley. This is the only mention that I have found of the chapel of St Leonards when it was in use.


The word missing in the will means that a word was missing or not readable.




NRO Northants Wills

Richard Goodman 1540


In the name of god and the yere of our Lord god 1540 the xxij day of october in the xxxij yere of our soveryne Lord kyng henry the viij I Rychard Goodman of yerdeley gubyn in parish of est pury seke in body and hole in mynd make this my testament and last wyll after thys manner and forme folowyng first I bequeth my soulle to allmyghty god and to our lady sent mary and to all the holy company of heven and my body to be buryed in the churchyard of est pury Item I bequeth to church of Lincoln ijd Item I bequeth to the hye aulter of est pury to repare yt ij stryke barley Item I bequeth to ye sepulchre light ij stryke of barley Item I bequeth to the Rodde light iiijd Item I bequeth to the bellys vjd Item I bequeth to ye torches iiijd Item to my brother nycholas for A bullock xvs to saine Nycholas for wagys iijs iiijd Item I bequeth to maintenance of the soull priest of yardley Alsoe A quarter of barley Itm I bequeth to John my son my best horse and A cowe of the best and A pare and a quarter of barley Item I bequeth to margarytt my daughter the next cowe and a pewter dyssh and A platter and a payre of shetts and a quarter of barley Item I bequeth to my daughter Jone A cowe of the best next and A payre of shetts and a quarter of barley Item I wyll that yf god do hys wyll over my children than over to be An others heyre and than I wyll that my wyff shall cawse a trentall Jan- for me and myne Item I constitute and make elsabeth my wife and my brother John goodman my full executors and the Resydewe of my goods not bequeathed my funeral expenses and debts payd I gyve to elsabeth my wyll Item I make the supervisors of my wyll Rafe Addington my father in lawe theys be the testes Richard Wadward and Richard wardington with other men

(est pury = East Pury = Potterspury)


Again another reference to the priest at Yardley