Church of the Month

Categories: Church of the Month

The featured church for October 2017 is Holy Trinity & St Oswald, Finningley.

The administrative geography of Finningley is unusual. Up to 1974 the village itself was in Nottinghamshire while the the rest of the parish, which includes Blaxton and Auckley, was in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Local government reorganisation in 1974 resulted in Finningley being transferred to the new county of South Yorkshire. However, in terms of ecclesiastical geography, both village and parish have been part of the Archdeaconry of Nottingham for centuries and remained in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham until 2009 when the transfer of Finningley with Auckley to the Diocese of Sheffield took place.

The church consists of nave, north aisle, west tower, south porch and chancel. The earliest parts of the fabric are Norman: the tower up to belfry level, the 12th century tower arch, the nave walls and the south doorway. The church was restored in 1884-5 by Charles Hodgson Fowler.

The chancel dates from c1300, including the sedilia and piscina.

The outstanding nave roof is of five bays and has carved beams and bosses.

The tub font is Norman and has a 17th century cover. The hexagonal oak panelled pulpit dates from 1604.

There are eleven incised foliated cross slabs in the porch.

The Reordering Project of 2017 has led to the removal of the pews, stalls and desks from the church and the installation of a kitchen in the west end of the north aisle, toilets in the tower and underfloor heating.