Open Churches directory


The Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham includes 314 church buildings, with 109 Grade 1 listed, 74 Grade 2* and 74 Grade 2. Historical information on many of them is available here.


Our diocese includes some famous urban churches, such as St. Mary the Virgin and St. Peter with St. James (Nottingham), St. Mary Magdalene (Newark), and the Cathedral and Parish Church of the Virgin Mary (Southwell Minster), all of which are open during daylight hours. It also has a number of interesting churches in rural locations, many of which are accessible through Nottinghamshire’s network of bike trails and waymarked paths, as well as by car.


In 2002, the then Diocesan Tourism Advisor, The Revd. Prof. Myra Shackley, carried out a study which showed that about 10% of our churches are open for visitors most of the time. The Open Churches Project is trying to encourage – and facilitate – more churches to be open. Our annual Open Churches Weekends are a good opportunity for churches who are normally locked outside of service times (for whatever reason) to be open to visitors with the guarantee of publicity and other support.

"...but what about the rest of the year?"

Here is a list of churches you might like to visit that are known to be open regularly (for the casual visitor).

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Askham, St. Nicholas (pictured right)
About this church: click here

Open: generally open to visitors all year round.

Austerfield, St Helena

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Open: This church welcomes visitors all year round; there is a notice up in the porch about where to obtain the key.

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Babworth, All Saints

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Open: This church welcomes visitors all year round; there is a notice up in the porch about where to obtain the key.

Barton-in-Fabis, St George

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Open: generally open on Saturdays 9am - 5pm.

Beckingham, All Saints

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Open: generally open to visitors all year round.

 

Beeston, St John the Baptist (pictured right)

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Open: every lunchtime Monday - Saturday (11:30am - 1:30pm).

Bestwood, Emmanuel

 

Bestwood, Emmanuel

(pictured left)

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Open: generally open to visitors on the 4th Wednesday of every month.

Bilborough, St Martin of Tours NG8 3BH

About this church: click here [link is to a PDF]

Open: every Friday and Saturday morning, 10am - 1pm, from March 9th - October 27th.

Bilborough St John the Baptist NG8 4FD

About this church: St John’s church in Bilborough was opened in 1959 to serve a large council estate consisting of young families and elderly people.
The church interior is open, light and bright, keeping to its 1950s style with large windows. The traditional church layout with wooden pews won a design award when it was built by the well-known local architect Vernon Royle. Vernon apparently had ‘a free hand’ in its design, with only the priest-in-charge to satisfy!

Open: every Friday morning 11am - 12noon.

 

Bingham, St Mary & All Saints (pictured right)

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Open: generally open to visitors all year round from around 9am - 3:30pm.

Blyth, St Mary & St Martin

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Open: generally open to visitors during February every year to co-inside with Hodsock Priory Snowdrops – 12noon – 4pm daily.

Broughton Sulney (Upper Broughton) St Luke LE14 3BD

About this church: St Luke’s is a small village church built of brown ironstone and has a heavily weathered appearance. There is no mention in Domesday of a church here but there is evidence in the porch for a Norman building in the form of a fragmentary tympanum with a crude figure in the right-hand corner. There were originally two aisles but the south was demolished when the porch was constructed in 1733. However, one bay of this aisle survives, built into the wall, giving a date of c.1200. The north arcade is of the 13th century though the rest of the aisle was rebuilt in 1855, as was the chancel. There is a 14th century font with some carved tracery. In the churchyard are many fine 18th century slate headstones, typical of the ‘Belvoir’ school of carving.

Open: This church welcomes visitors all year round – the key is available from the nearby "Golden Fleece".

Bunny, St Mary the Virgin

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Open: generally open on the last Saturday of every month (bar December) 10:30am - 12:30.
Alternate Wednesdays (starting from the 18th January) 3pm - 5pm.

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Car Colston, St Mary

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Open: generally open to visitors between Easter and October.

Carburton, St Giles

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Open: generally open to visitors every day of the year.

Carlton-in-Lindrick, St John the Evangelist

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Open: generally open to visitors all year round during school term time; Monday - Friday 9am - 3pm.

Carlton-in-the-Willows, St Paul NG4 1BJ

About this church: St Paul’s church, Carlton-in-the-Willows was consecrated in 1885. The parish was created in 1883 from land formally belonging to the parish of Gedling. The church was built in the style of a Romanesque Basilica and was funded entirely by the Fourth Earl of Carnarvon. The first part was completed in 1885 followed by the second part six years later which was consecrated on 24th February 1891.
Unfortunately the generous donor of the church died before it was completed, and the building stands as a very fine memorial to his concern and interest in the welfare of the parish and its people. The Countess of Carnarvon placed in the chancel a massive wrought- iron hanging cross, and on the western gable a life- sized statue of St Paul, in memory of the deceased peer.

Open: generally open to visitors on Thursday mornings from 10am - 12noon.

 

Caunton, St Andrew (pictured right)

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Open: generally open to visitors every day in summer from 8am to 8pm.

 

Clarborough, St John the Baptist (pictured left)

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Open: generally open every Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 4pm in the winter and Wednesday and Thursday evenings 6:30 - 8:30pm in the summer (when the bells are being rung).

Clayworth with Wiseton, St. Peter DN22 9AD

About this church: St Peter’s dates back to the 12th century with 13th century additions. It is situated on an ancient Roman Road from Lincoln to Doncaster in the delightful village of Clayworth six miles north of Retford, five miles west of Gainsborough and six miles east of Bawtry. It is famous for its large number of wall paintings by renowned Scottish artist Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852-1936). These murals are painted on the walls of the chancel and were completed in 1905 as a memorial to the Boer War, they depict village children of the time. They were restored in 1996.
There is a peel of eight bells in excellent condition and the church has recently been updated to provide facilities for the 21st century.

Open: 9am - 3pm in winter, and 8.30am - 7pm in summer.

Clumber Park, St. Mary the Virgin S80 3AZ

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Open: Entry to park including car parking is around £5 (or free to National Trust members).
The park is open to visitors all year round.

Coddington, All Saints NG24 2PN

About this church: A beautiful country church, which is grade II* listed. This 13th century church was restored by the local landowner Lord Thorpe, in 1865, who commissioned the architect G F Bodley.
Work of some of the most famous Victorian Pre-Raphaelite artists is evident in the William Morris, Burne Jones, and Ford Maddox Brown windows; wooden panelling, and the painted wooden roof of the chancel.
The churchyard contains the burial site of Constance Penswick Smith, the daughter of Charles Penswick Smith who was vicar at Coddington, Constance, with her friend Ellen Porter, was responsible for the revival of Mothering Sunday for the nation, and All Saints church is where she re- established it. Simon Jenkins lists All Saints in his book of top 1000 churches to visit in the UK.

Open: This church welcomes visitors all year round: it is generally open to visitors on Wednesday mornings 10:30 - 11:30 from April - September; at other times you may ask for the key from the churchwardens.

Cotgrave, All Saints

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Open: generally open to visitors every Saturday between 10am - 3pm and every Sunday 11:30am - 3pm.

 

Cotham, St Michael NG23 5JS (pictured right)

About this church: > Go to the Churches Conservation Trust webpage for Cotham

Open: generally open all year round.

 

Cromwell, St. Giles NG23 6JD (pictured left)

About this church: click here [this link goes to a PDF]

Open: generally open all year round (during daylight hours).

Cropwell Bishop, St Giles NG12 3BU

About this church: The church of St Giles is a grade I listed building dating from the early 13th century. Its bell tower was added in about 1450. The church is situated at the heart of the village of Cropwell Bishop and plays an active part in the life of the community. We are proud that the church is open every day to offer visitors a place of worship, reflection and peace.
The village of Cropwell Bishop lies on the edge of the Vale of Belvoir and is famous for its Stilton Cheese.

Open: every day during daylight hours.

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Daybrook, St Paul

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Open: every Wednesday 12noon - 2pm.

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Eakring

 

Eakring, St Andrew (pictured right)

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Open: every day from 8am until dusk.

 

East Bridgford, St Peter

(pictured left)

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Open: all year round.

East Leake, St Mary LE12 6LE
St Mary’s church stands in the heart of East Leake, opposite Sheepwash Brook. The nave and tower are of Norman period when it is thought that the church was called St Leonard’s of Lek. After building in the Norman style, and restyling in the first half of the 13th century in the Early English style, the church was rededicated to St Mary in 1350. Outside, over the door, stands a statue of the Virgin Mary with Child.
Also of interest is the shawm, or vamping horn, one of only eight remaining in England. The church also houses a 17th century clock mechanism.

Open: every day between 9am - 4pm.

East Markham, St. John the Baptist NG22 0SA

St John the Baptist’s church, at East Markham is one of the grandest village churches in Nottinghamshire and was called “the Cathedral of the Trent Valley” by Sir John Betjeman. The church celebrated six hundred years of worship in this building in June 2009.
There has been a long association with the Markham family; the church owes much of its size and grandeur to the wealth of three generations of the family: Sir John Markham (d. 1409), a Justice of the Common Bench, who is buried in an alabaster tomb chest on the north side of the chancel, his son Sir Robert (d. 1446) and grandson, also Sir Robert (d. 1495). The elder Sir John may have built the nave and aisles, at the beginning of the fifteenth century, with either one of the two Roberts, responsible for the chancel and nave clerestory, in the second half of the 15th century.
The windows of the south aisle contain a large collection of early 15th century glass, including a charming figure of St Zita of Lucca and the Virgin from a Coronation of the Virgin. The glass was placed here between 1883-85, having been collected from around the church. Most of the remains of heraldic glass refer to Justice Sir John Markham. It is said that some of the fragments were found in 1882, inside his tomb chest.
The church also has a striking window by Sir Ninian Comper – the east window of the chancel.

Open: all year round 9am - 5pm.

 

East Stoke, St. Oswald (pictured right)

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Open: all year round.

Edwalton, Holy Rood

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Open: every day.

 

Edwinstowe, St Mary (pictured left)

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Open: generally open most days in the summer.

 

Egmanton, St. Mary (pictured right)

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Open: Thursdays 2pm - 4pm April - September.

Elston, All Saints

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Open: all year round from 9:30 - dusk.

 

Elston, Old Chapel (pictured left)

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or > Go to the Churches Conservation Trust webpage for Elston

Open: usually open daily.

Epperstone, Church of the Holy Cross

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Open: all year round.

Everton, Holy Trinity

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Open: all year round.

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Fledborough, St Gregory

About this church: > Go to the Churches Conservation Trust webpage for Fledborough

Or here for glass (picture right)

Open: generally open all year round.

Forest Town, St Alban

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Open: every Tuesday 2:15pm - 3:15pm.


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Gedling, All Hallows (pictured right)

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Open: Wednesdays from 10am - 4pm with coffee, book and information stall.

 

 

Girton, St. Cecilia NG23 7JA

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Open: This church welcomes visitors all year round; you may ask for the key from the farm shop next door.

Gotham, St Lawrence

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Open: Thursday afternoons 2pm - 3:30pm.

Granby, All Saints

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Open: daily throughout the year from approx. 9am - 5pm.

 

Greasley, St Mary (pictured right)

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Open: Wednesday to Friday between 10am and 4pm.

 

Gringley-on-the-Hill, St. Peter & St. Paul

(pictured left)

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Open: all year round.

Gunthorpe, St. John the Baptist

(pictured right)

About this church: click here

Open: all year round, 9am - dusk.

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Halam, St. Michael (pictured right)

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Open: all year round.

Halloughton, St James NG25 0QP
The little church of St James at Halloughton is a simple building with a nave and chancel under one roof. It was largely rebuilt in 1879-82 by the architect Ewan Christian, although the east wall with its two 13th century lancet windows has survived, as has the simple south doorway of the same date. The beautiful screen between nave and chancel dates from the 15th century and has been reused by Christian at the restoration. There is some stained glass by Barraud and Westlake.

Open: daily.

 

Headon-cum-Upton, St Peter (pictured right)

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Open: every day throughout the summer.

Holme-by-Newark, St Giles

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Open: welcomes visitors all year round; the local keyholder's contact details are available in the church porch.

 

Hucknall, St Mary Magdalene

(pictured left)

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Open: 10am - 12noon and 2pm - 4pm every weekday.

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Kelham, St. Wilfrid (pictured right)

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Open: Kelham Hall is now the home of Newark and Sherwood District Council. The key to St Wilfrid's church is available from reception (Mon-Fri, 9-5).

Keyworth, St Mary Magdalene

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Open: every day.

Kinoulton St Luke NG12 3EB

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Open: all year round.

Kneeton, St Helen NG13 8JQ
Generally open every day.

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Lambley, Holy Trinity

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Open: every Wednesday from 9:30 - 11

and every Sunday 10:30 - 12.

 

Langar, St Andrew (pictured right)

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Open: all year round.

 

Laxton, St Michael NG22 0BF

(detail pictured left)
About Laxton: Beautiful village famous for its medieval open-field farming system. Waymarked walks and Visitor Centre.
Nearby attractions: Pub food and cycle routes.

Open: Generally open every day.

Littleborough, St Nicholas

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Open: generally open daily.

Low Marnham, St Wilfrid (pictured right)
About this church: > Go to the Churches Conservation Trust webpage for Low Marnham

Open: all year round.

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Mansfield St Peter & St Paul

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Open: 9:30am - 3pm every Tuesday - Saturday, and also Sunday mornings.

Maplebeck St Radegund NG22 0BS
This small, but delightful village church was once owned by the Knights Hospitallers who had property at nearby Winkburn and Ossington. Although heavily restored in 1898, the building retains its 13th century charm with an unusually narrow north aisle, medieval ladder into the tower, and short 14th century broach spire. The east window has stained glass by Kempe.

Open: every day.

Markham Clinton (Milton All Saints Mausoleum)

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Open: from the 1st of May to the end of September on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month from 2:30 - 4:30.

 

Mattersey, All Saints (pictured right)

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Open: all year round.

 

 

Mattersey Priory (ruins)

Open: all the time

Misterton, All Saints DN10 4HN

(pictured left)

Mentioned in the Domesday Book as “Munstretton”, this village already had a church by 1086. At around 1200, we know that that church consisted of a nave, north aisle and chancel, the remains of which can be seen in the north of the existing chancel.
The stonework of the east window is remarkable and dates from the first quarter of the 14th century; the stained glass within commemorates the reign of Queen Victoria. The stained glass in the east window of the side chapel was designed by John Piper and made by his glassmaker Patrick Reyntiens, both famous for their window in Coventry Cathedral. Work of another famous stained glass artist, Charles Kempe is present in the south wall of the church.

Open: all year round.

Morton St Denis

About: click here

Open: every day during British Summer Time

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Netherfield, St George the Martyr

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Open: every Tuesday from 10am - 11:30 and most Saturday mornings 10am - 12noon.

 

Newark, St. Mary Magdalene (pictured right)

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Open: 9am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 4.00pm Monday to Saturday, plus Sunday afternoons.

Normanton-on-Soar, St James LE12 5HB
A pretty church dating from the 13th century bordering on the River Soar with extensive views over the Soar valley. The building is cruciform in plan and has a central tower with a broach-spire. The clerestory in the nave was added in the 15th century. The font is 14th century, with tracery panels . Above the chancel arch are the royal coat-of-arms (Stuart) of Charles
II dated 1683, most unusually made of plaster, and erected by Samuel Sanders, Lord of the Manor whose own arms are depicted below and to the right; those of his wife sit below and to the left. There are fine monuments to Frances Willoughby 1606, and another to W Willoughby of 1636. There is a well used public footpath forming part of a network of paths through the village and surrounding countryside crosses the churchyard.

Open: generally open at weekends and some weekdays, the key is always available locally.

Normanton-on-Trent, St Matthew

 

Normanton-on-Trent, St. Matthew (pictured left)

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Open: This church welcomes visitors all year round; there is a notice up in the porch about where to obtain the key.

 

North Muskham, St. Wilfrid (pictured right)

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Open: all year round.

North Wheatley, St Peter & St Paul

DN22 9DA
The Parish church of St Peter and St Paul is a grade II* listed building, its fabric dating from the 14th century through to the 16th century with the chancel added in 1824-5 and some 21st century amenities including a resource room.
It is in sound state of repair and is open every day. There are six bells and a small group of enthusiastic bell-ringers.
Features of interest include: The tower chamber of 1480 with unusual dog-leg stair of cleft trunks with treads pegged on leading to ringing chamber. There are ten 15th century bench ends with traceried panels and fleur-de-lis finials. Some 17th century furniture, including a timber pulpit of 1603 with round headed arcaded panels, reeded pilasters, pulvinated friezes and strapwork. The tub font is lead-lined and dates from the 12th century.
Further items of interest include the two Benefaction Boards, 1660 – 1942, a brass memorial to Edmund Cartwright, which includes a merchant’s mark. There is also the upper part of a Roman memorial excavated from under the tower in 1932.

Open: every day.

Norton Cuckney, St. Mary

About: click here
Open: daily in British Summer Time and weekends only in the winter.

 

Norwell, St. Laurence (pictured right)

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Open: all year round, early morning until dusk.

Nottingham St George-in-The-Meadows NG2 1NX
The plain exterior of St George’s, dating from 1887-91, hides an interior full of interesting features, with brick-built nave and aisles (and Mansfield stone columns) designed by R. C. Sutton. The lofty chancel, added later at the turn of the century, was designed by G. F. Bodley, as were the vestries and organ case (1906) – repainted in 1962 in bright colours. The organ is a Walker of 1895, slightly altered by Willis in 1964. The architect for the Lady Chapel (1914-15) was C. G. Hare, successor to Bodley. There are two other chapels in St George’s, various polychrome statures, and other ornaments.
Among numerous stained glass windows there is a particularly impressive west window (by Burlison and Grylls, 1927 and 1938), depicting stories of St George and St Michael, surmounted by a circular angel window.
The hanging rood with figures of Our Lord, Our Lady and St John dates from the mid- twentieth century.
The Portland stone Calvary outside the church was erected in 1921 in memory of the men of the Meadows who perished in World War I. The Kelham Fathers with Kelham Brothers were in charge of St George’s parish from 1911 to 1982, and they are still remembered with affection.

Open: every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning.

 

Nottingham, St. Mary (pictured right)

About: click here
Open: normally open to visitors Tuesday - Sunday, *closed at the moment due to re-flooring - Summer 2012*.

Nottingham, St Peter (pictured left)

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Open: Monday - Saturday. 10am - 4pm; coffee room serving homemade cakes, sandwiches, soup, tea and coffee, Monday - Friday 11am - 2pm, and a Fair Trade Shop open for the same time.

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Ordsall, All Hallows (pictured right)

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Open: Wednesday mornings.

 

 

Orston, St Mary

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Open: Saturdays and Sundays.

Ossington, Holy Rood

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Open: welcomes visitors all year round; contact details of local keyholders are in the church entrance.

Owthorpe, St Margaret NG12 3GA

Early records suggest a church has stood on this site for over 900 years. The present church was built around the earlier north wall which dates from a much older, 14th century, church.The present church was built by Colonel John Hutchinson (1659), one of the signatories to the death warrant of Charles I.
Inside, the octagonal castellated font is believed to date from the 15th century.A wooden screen which marks the entrance to the chancel is reputed to come from Owthorpe Hall.There are marble wall monuments to members of the Hutchinson family and a 3-decker Jacobean pulpit with a moulded canopy. The church also has a vault in which Hutchinson’s body now lies.

Open: welcomes visitors all year round; contact members of the PCC.

 

Oxton, St. Peter & St. Paul (pictured right)

About: click here

Open: all year round.

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Rainworth, St. Simon & St. Jude

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Open: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays 10am - 12 for tea, coffee and light refreshments.

Ratcliffe-on-Soar, Holy Trinity

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Open: every day 9am - dusk.

Ravenshead, St Peter NG15 9FD
The church was built in 1972. The architect proposed that his design should have an elliptical shape suitable for contemporary liturgical, educational and social activities, and the church bears more than a passing resemblance to the famous early 1950s church of Notre-Dame-du-Haut, Ronchamp by Le Corbusier.

Open: daily.

Retford, Grove Street Anglo-Methodist Church DN22 6LB
A joint Anglican and Methodist church, it dominates the skyline as you travel along the Retford ring road on your way to Gainsborough. It is the second Methodist Church on this site; the previous one was too small for the size of the congregation. The church was dedicated in 1880 and is a Grade II listed building. Designed by Bellamy and Hardy (as was the Town Hall), the church is a remarkable example of Victorian architecture.
Presently the building consists of a large entrance, doubling as a meeting area and coffee lounge leading through to the main worship area with a seating capacity of approximately 700. The magnificent organ is situated on the upper balcony.

Open: generally open all year round.

 

Retford, St. Michael the Archangel (pictured right)

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Open: Thursday lunchtimes in April and October for organ recitals. Also open on May Day for the town’s Charter Day celebrations and for Heritage Open Day in September.

Retford, St. Swithun DN22 6PL
St. Swithun’s is a large, town centre church and a major landmark within the town of Retford. It is built on a cruciform plan with a central tower. The first written record of a church here makes reference to its foundation by Roger, Archbishop of York in 1258, and it was largely rebuilt in1658 after the tower fell seven years earlier. The building is grade II* listed
and historically it was the corporation church of the old borough of East Retford. It still has the special pews for the Mayor and Councillors. The church contains outstanding examples of stained glass by Clayton & Bell, O’Connor and Kempe.
Open: from April - October, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and the rest of the year Thursdays only. Usually 11am – 2pm.

Rolleston, Holy Trinity

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Open: This church welcomes visitors all year round; there is a notice up in the porch about where to obtain the key.

Rufford Abbey

About: click here (English Heritage page)

Open: 10am - 5pm daily during the summer.

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Saundby, St Martin of Tours DN22 9ER
About: > go to CCT page for Saundby

Open: daily

 

Scofton, St. John (pictured right)

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Open: This church welcomes visitors all year round; there is a notice up in the porch about where to obtain the key.

Screveton, St Wilfrid

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Open: most days 9am - 6pm.

Scrooby, St. Wilfrid (pictured right)

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Open: This church welcomes visitors all year round; there is a notice up in the porch about where to obtain the key.

Selston, St Helen NG16 6EW
The erection of the present church made of stone was commenced in the first half of the 12th century, followed by further construction during the 14th and 15th centuries. Finally a new extension was added during 2011 to include a church office, hall, kitchen facilities and much needed indoor toilets!
Hanging on the wall of the north arcade is a copy of the Royal Arms, signifying the acknowledgement that the Monarch was the head of the Church of England.
In the church yard near the west end of the north arcade in the last resting place of Dan Boswell, the King of the Gypsies. His epitaph reads:
“I’ve lodged in many a town, I’ve travelled many a year, but death at length has brought me down, to my lodgings here.”
On the floor of the chancel is an incised slab showing the figure of a priest in Eucharistic vestments with an amice (a square of white linen) over his head, holding a chalice. On his right is a quadrilateral representing his service book. This is said to be the only one found in England and dates back to the founding of the church. The image has now become a symbol of St Helen’s and has been etched onto internal glass doors in the new extension.
There are now 8 bells in the belfry, the oldest one is inscribed “Gabriel IS” installed about 1550. The last of the eight bells was mounted in 1986.

Open: Thursdays 2pm - 4pm and Saturdays 10am - 12noon.

Shelton, St Mary and All Saints

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Open: all year round.

 

Sibthorpe, St. Peter (pictured right)

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Open: every day during daylight hours.

Sneinton St Cyprian

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Open: Thursday mornings and every first Saturday morning of the month.

 

South Muskham, St. Wilfrid

(pictured left)

About: click here

Open: all year round.

South Scarle, St. Helena

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Open: This church welcomes visitors all year round; you may ask for the key from the Farm Shop next door (except on Sundays and Mondays).

South Wheatley, St Helen (scheduled ancient monument)

Open: site accessible all year round.

Southwell Minster

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Open: every day 7am - 7pm.

Southwell Methodist Church NG25 0JH
The church holds a coffee morning every Saturday between 10.00am and 11.30am. Apart from that the church is not generally left open for reasons of security but can be opened on request at specific times and for short tours. Contact Peter Jakeman at peternj@fish.co.uk or 01636 830060.

 

Staunton, St. Mary (pictured right)

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Open: all year round.

 

Stoke Bardolph, St. Luke

(pictured left)

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This church welcomes visitors all year round; there is a notice up on the noticeboard about where to obtain the key.

Stokeham, St. Peter DN22 0JZ
St. Peter’s is a small Norman style church, thought to have been built in the 13th century. There is only one bell; the second is said to have been stolen!
After many years of disuse the church was in a serious state of disrepair and members of the village got together to repair the building in full themselves. Two photographs in the church show the before and after.
This church welcomes visitors all year round; there is a notice up in the porch about where to obtain the key.

Sutton Bonington, St Anne LE12 5NJ
Sutton Bonington is very unusual in having two medieval churches, from the days when it was two villages (see also St Michael’s). St Anne’s is at the top of St Anne’s Lane in the centre of the village. The church dates back to the 12th century. The font is 14th century, octagonal with quatrefoil panels. A 15th century alabaster effigy of a knight lies in a recess in the chancel. Known locally as Old Lion Gray, it is possibly Thomas Staunton. Restoration of the chancel began in 1877 and continued for 27 years. This included the addition of the alabaster reredos, (a representation of the Last Supper by Earp), installation of oak choir and clergy stalls, communion table, screen and small Positif organ. The beautifully embroidered wall hanging on the south wall is based on a map of the village and was made by members of the community to celebrate the millennium.

Open: every day.

Sutton Bonington, St Michael LE12 5PF
St Michael’s is at the north end of Main Street. The earliest part of the church is 13th century. The clerestory was added in the 15th century. The tower and spire date from the 14th century but were extensively restored in the 19th century. There are six bells dating from 1579 to 1850.The 14th century font has the rare feature of three ledges allegedly for the parson’s book, salt and candle. The fine stained glass windows cover a range of styles from 1860 to 1960. The chancel was completely rebuilt by the Victorians.

Open: every day.

 

Sutton-on-Trent, All Saints (pictured right)

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Open: This church welcomes visitors all year round; there is a notice up in the porch about where to obtain the key.

 

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Teversal, St Katherine

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Open: every bank holiday Monday

Thurgarton Priory

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Open: contact details of keyholders available in the church porch.

 

Tuxford, St. Nicholas (pictured right)

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Open: Wednesdays 9:30am – 12 and all day Sunday.

Upton, St. Peter & St. Paul NG23 5SR
Upton church stands at the heart of the village, overlooking meadowland. It is unique in having a tower with nine pinnacles. Parts of its stonework date back to the 13th century. Other interesting features include a wall painting with traces of medieval paint, 20th century stained glass, and choir stalls carved by a local craftsman.

Open: all year round.

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Warsop, St Peter & St Paul

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Open: every weekday morning.

Wellow, St Swithin

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Open: Thursday evenings between 7pm - 9pm.

 

West Stockwith, St. Mary the Blessed Virgin (pictured right)

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Open: all year round (9:30am - 4:30pm).

Westwood, St Mary NG16 5QG
St Mary’s Westwood was built in 1898 – 1899 to a design by Derby architect P H Currey. It is constructed in brick with stone window surrounds, and access is by an attractive half timber-framed porch. The interior is light and open, with the roof space open so the timbers are on display, making a very attractive feature. The pews have been removed, creating a flexible space which is now used not only for formal services but also for a variety of other events. There are several attractive stained glass windows, the earliest and most impressive being the east window of 1915, depicting the Ascension. There are memorials to men who fell in both World Wars, and a number of items commemorative of former members of the church.

Open: Saturday mornings 10am - 12noon.

Widmerpool, St Peter NG12 5PZ

St Peter’s church is situated on Old Hall Drive (a private road). Its main claim to fame is its beautiful Alabaster effigy of Harriet Robinson, wife of the owner of Widmerpool Hall, in the northwest corner of the church.
It is uncertain how long there has stood a church on this site but there is a reference to the later church emanating “From the original medieval structure”. The parish register has records dating from 1539.
The old church was in a poor state of repair and neglect when the Robertsons acquired the estate and was heavily restored in 1832. After a lightning strike the church was restored at a cost of £10,000 in the period 1888-1895. This involved considerable financial help from the Robertson (Robinson) family. The tower remains from the medieval church and is 14th century.

Open: every day 9am - 5pm.

Wollaton, St. Leonard NG8 2AF (pictured right)
St Leonard’s is an excellent example of how a medieval church developed in response to the changing needs of its worshippers over the centuries. From at least the 12th century right up to the present the building has been adapted, extended and enhanced, and has evidence for all
these periods in its fabric. Although Wollaton has a long industrial history, it was predominantly an agricultural community until the sale of the Wollaton Hall estate in 1925 prompted its gradual growth as a Nottingham suburb of 15,000 people. The church, with its surprisingly secluded churchyard, gives a hint of its former rural setting. There are monuments to the Willoughby family and to Robert Smythson, who designed Wollaton Hall, and a variety of stained glass.

Open: daily from 9am to 5pm.

 

Woodborough, St. Swithun (pictured right)

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Open: all year round.

 

Worksop Priory

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Open: throughout August and September 2011 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Monday to Saturday.

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Many of these churches are located in pleasant villages with a good pub or tearoom and so make an excellent trip out!

The above information was sent in to us between 2002 & the present day and is accurate to the best of our knowledge. If you should discover that any of the above information is innaccurate please contact us and let us know.

If you represent a church and would like adding to the directory, again, please get in touch as we would be delighted to hear from you!

 

Thanks to Geoff Buxton, Chris Brooke, Maureen Collins and Elizabeth Jones
for some of the photographs used above.