Church of the Month

Categories: Church of the Month

 

teversal-church-2006-300pxThe featured church for July 2016 is St Katherine, Teversal, three miles west of Mansfield.

The building consists of a nave, chancel, north and south aisles, south porch and a west embattled tower.

One of the earliest features is the 12th century south doorway which includes a series of 19 medallions depicting stars and crosses, three fishes, a bird, a snake, a holy lamb and a priest. Architectural historians agree that the doorway is not in its original order and has probably been moved to this position from the west of the church.

The south door itself dates from the late 12th century and the north and south aisles were erected in the 13th century. The south arcade is the earliest of the two; the north arcade also has dogtooth and nailhead ornament and crudely carved human heads as label stops.

The church also contains an impressive collection of monuments to the Molyneux family. The best line the chancel walls and their hatchments hang above the arcades in the naves.

The ‘exceptional completeness of its 17th century furnishings’ makes this one of the most rewarding churches in the county. There are box pews throughout and the squire’s pew with a canted canopy carried on three barley sugar columns dominates the south aisle.

Further information on the church is available on the Southwell & Nottingham Church History Project website.