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Parish Church of St Swithun, Retford

Description: Parish Church of St Swithun

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 14 September 1949
English Heritage Building ID: 240902

OS Grid Reference: SK7064681324
OS Grid Coordinates: 470646, 381324
Latitude/Longitude: 53.3241, -0.9408

Location: Chapelgate, Clumber and Hardwick, Nottinghamshire DN22 6PA

Locality: Retford
Local Authority: Bassetlaw District Council
County: Nottinghamshire
Country: England
Postcode: DN22 6PA

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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 a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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