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Parish Church of St Swithun

A Grade II* Listed Building in Retford, Nottinghamshire

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Latitude: 53.3241 / 53°19'26"N

Longitude: -0.9408 / 0°56'26"W

OS Eastings: 470646

OS Northings: 381324

OS Grid: SK706813

Mapcode National: GBR PZW0.33

Mapcode Global: WHFG8.JQ60

Entry Name: Parish Church of St Swithun

Listing Date: 14 September 1949

Last Amended: 5 November 1976

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1370346

English Heritage Legacy ID: 240902

Location: Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire, DN22

County: Nottinghamshire

District: Bassetlaw

Town: Bassetlaw

Electoral Ward/Division: East Retford East

Built-Up Area: Retford

Traditional County: Nottinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Nottinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Retford Team

Church of England Diocese: Southwell and Nottingham

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Listing Text

14-SEP-49 (East side)

(Formerly listed as:


Church. C13 origins, tower rebuilt 1658 (battlemented parapet and pinnacles of 1810). Rebuilding and restorations of 1852 and 1854-5 by GG Place. Chantry chapel rebuilt 1873 by GF Bodley. Further restoration 1905.
Ashlar with low pitched roofs behind battlements or parapets.
Chancel, N and S transepts, central 4-stage crossing tower, nave with aisles, S porch. Windows have mainly Perpendicular tracery.
Much of 4-bay chancel is C19 with part of C17. N transept is mainly medieval and has 5-light N window. Lower stages of large and impressive tower are mainly blank with paired bellchamber openings. S window to S transept is 5-light. 6 3-light windows to nave clerestory, 4 to N aisle, 5 to S aisle which, like S transept and W end, has elaborate buttresses.
INTERIOR. Chancel has carved reredos. Elaborate pulpit C19 with font C15, restored C19. Arcades have finely carved foliage capitals. Roofs C19 except for S transept roof which is dated 1656. Fine set of priests' and choir stalls, and also fine set of pews in nave and aisles. Fragments of early glass in S transept W window. A notable feature of the church is the fine and extensive series of C19 stained glass by Clayton and Bell, O'Connor, Wailes, Hardman, G. Shaw of Uppermill, Kempe, and Tower (details in Pevsner).
SOURCE. Pevsner, Nottinghamshire, 1979 edn., 295-6.

Listing NGR: SK7064681324

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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