View of the church from the north

Mansfield

St Peter and St Paul

Newark Archdeaconry

Mansfield Deanery

Introduction

A church is mentioned in Domesday Book, but little if anything remains of any Anglo Saxon building on the site.

The church today contains a chancel with two chapels, a clerestoried nave, arcades of four bays, aisles, north and south porches and an embattled western tower with spire containing a clock, 8 bells and a set of chimes.

The two lower portions of the tower are Early Norman.

The piers and arches of the nave are mostly of the Early Decorated period to which the north door also belongs – one Early English window remains but the others are Decorated and Perpendicular and eight are stained.

Aisles were added in the 12th century.

The westernmost pier of the north arcade still rises from the base of a Norman column and the outline of a Norman window can be seen in the west wall.

The church was partly burned in 1304 and is chiefly later English with the rebuilding completed by 1420.

Two chantry chapels were added around 1475 and battlements and clerestory in the late 15th or 16th centuries.

A spire was added to the tower in the seventeenth century, and a clock in 1802.

The church was renovated throughout in 1864 and in 1898 an additional carved screen was placed in the north aisle.

Particular thanks to Sarah Hughes for research on this entry and to Geoff Buxton for the photographs.

 

This entry is not yet complete, but further research is currently being carried out and a full entry will appear in due course.