View of the church from the south-west

Bole

St Martin

Newark Archdeaconry

Bassetlaw and Bawtry Deanery

Introduction

Domesday Book makes reference to a “quarter of a church” at Bole.

The current church is an ashlared stone edifice consisting of nave with crocketed pinnacles, chancel, south porch and an embattled western tower with pinnacles, containing 3 bells. The style is Perpendicular, the windows, including those in the west front of the tower, being late Perpendicular. Only the north wall of the chancel is older masonry. The nave is aisleless.

The massive Norman font is octagonal with arcades and intersecting arches. The ancient oak pulpit was given in 1866 by the local ecclesiologist Sir C H J Anderson. There are four panels of late 16th Century Flemish work, showing the story of Esther and Ahasuerus, and a pair of 17th Century coffin stools. Facing the south door is a large hatchment bearing the Royal Arms of Queen Anne.

In 1866 Ewan Christian supervised restoration work, including the rebuilding of the porch. A Calvary group was erected on the Rood beam in the early 1930s.

Thanks to Judith Asquith for photographs

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