HUNDREDS of people gathered to remember the life of leading landowner Lord Savile.
They packed into Thornhill Parish Church yesterday to remember him at a special service of thanksgiving.
George Halifax Lumley-Savile, the 3rd Baron of Rufford, died at his Kirkburton manor home Gryce Hall early last month, aged 89.
A bachelor, Lord Savile served with the Army in Burma during World War II.
He was a devout Christian and patron of St Michael’s Church, Emley and Whitley Lower Parish Church as well as a patron of Emley Show.
He served as a magistrate in Dewsbury for many years and enjoyed sitting in the House of Lords for 60 years.
He was a former president of the Country Landowners’ Association, chairman of the St John Council of South and West Yorkshire and a member of the Wakefield Diocesan Synod for almost 40 years.
His family’s history in this area goes back to the 1370s.
The family estates cover thousands of acres, including land in Hebden Bridge, Emley and Thornhill.
Many people have signed books of condolence at Thornhill Parish Church, St Michael’s Church, Emley and at the Savile estate office in Thornhill.
Lord Savile’s heir is his nephew John Anthony Thornhill Lumley-Savile, who lives in Cornwall.
He said: “My uncle was a real gentleman and could have written the book on etiquette. He was a man of great faith and will be sadly missed.”