Church of the Month

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The featured church for January 2021 is the church of St Martin, Bole, 11 km north-east of Retford.

The church is a built of ashlared magnesian limestone and consists of an aisleless nave, chancel, south porch, and an embattled western tower with pinnacles. The style is generally Perpendicular.

The church was restored by the architect, Ewan Christian, in 1865-66.

The north wall of the chancel is of older masonry, although much of it was rebuilt during the 19th century restoration.

The tower arch is probably from the 14th century: there is no chancel arch.

The west tower contains three bells: one was cast by Richard I Seliok and dates from the early 16th century; the other two are by Henry II Oldfield and were cast in 1611.

The octagonal font has been described as ‘one of the best Norman fonts in Nottinghamshire.’ The sides of the bowl are decorated with arcades and intersecting arches.

The ornately carved 19th century oak pulpit is also octagonal and incorporates late 16th century Flemish relief panels and Renaissance borders. The panels depict the biblical story of Esther, Ahasuerus, and Haman; the figures are dressed in Elizabethan-style ruffs and tall crowned hats.

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