Church of the Month

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The featured church for March 2017 is St Anne, Worksop, which is located on the west side of the town.

This large church comprises a clerestoried nave with north and south aisles, western baptistery annexe, north porch (between the north aisle and north chancel chapel), chancel with north chapel, organ chamber to south, vestry and clergy vestry at the south-east angle, and a tall tower positioned at the north-west angle of the nave and north aisle. The ground floor of the tower acts as an entrance porch.

The building was designed in neo-Perpendicular style by the Derby architects, Paley and Austin, and built 1911-12. A fascinating series of photographs showing the construction of the church is available on Google Photos.

Nikolaus Pevsner unfairly dismissed the interior as ‘large and dull’ with ‘no fittings of interest’; however, there are a number of interesting features inside the building.

The church was commissioned by Sir John Robinson of Worksop Manor and there is a magnificent 14th century-style alabaster canopied tomb to him in the sanctuary. The tomb contains a recumbent marble figure of Sir John.

There are several fine stained glass windows by Kempe & Co.

The impressive reredos shows the Feeding of the Five Thousand and on either side the four evangelists (carved in alabaster) set within ornately carved timberwork.

Further information on the church is available on the Southwell & Nottingham Church History Project website: http://southwellchurches.history.nottingham.ac.uk/worksop-st-anne/hintro.php