Church of the Month

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The church of St Nicholas, Askham (image courtesy of Geoff Buxton)

The church of St Nicholas, Askham, is the featured church for January 2022. The small village of Askham is located about 7 km south-east of Retford.

The small church consists of a chancel, aisleless nave, south porch and west tower. The embattled fifteenth century tower is of two stages and has eight crocketed pinnacles with two gargoyles on both north and south sides.

In 1906-7 the church was restored by the architect Charles Hodgson Fowler who added the porch and tiled roof.

Interior features of interest include three ogee-headed niches and an ogee-headed piscina in front of which is a fragment of a thirteenth-century shaft piscina with nailhead decoration.

The communion rails have heavily twisted balusters and date from the late seventeenth century. The plain panelled pulpit probably has a similar date.

The only stained glass in the church is two panels depicting St. Philip and St. James in the south window of the chancel.