View of the church from the north

Clarborough

St John the Baptist

Newark Archdeaconry

Bassetlaw and Bawtry Deanery

Introduction

Originally of 13th Century date in the Early English style, this stone church consists of a chancel, a nave of four bays, aisles, south porch and an embattled tower with 4 pinnacles containing 3 bells.

The north arcade has circular piers and thin moulded capitals, indicating 13th Century design. The south arcade is evidently later, on octagonal piers. The windows of the chancel and aisles are square-headed, typical of early Perpendicular.

The east window is by Kempe, 1900. The font is octagonal – either Perpendicular or Victorian, according to Pevsner. A monument to Thomas Outybridge of Bolham House (d1772) is by the Fishers of York.

The church was restored in 1874 by James Fowler of Louth. (Pevsner thought it was ‘over-restored’.) At that point it was given a new roof and was reseating with open benches. Also there was added a new chamber on the north of the chancel for a new organ.

The yew tree in the churchyard is said to be 1,000 years old.

Thanks to Judith Asquith for photographs

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