St. Mary and St. Martin’s Church, Blyth
|St. Mary and St. Martin’s Church, Blyth|
|Denomination||Church of England|
|Dedication||St Mary & St Martin|
|Heritage designation||Grade I listed|
|Deanery||Bassetlaw & Bawtry|
|Diocese||Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham|
|Priest in charge||Rev Kate Bottley|
|Reader(s)||Mrs Price, Mr Robinson Mrs Simpson|
The priory of St. Mary and St. Martin is one of the oldest examples of Norman architecture in the country. It was part of a Benedictine monastery founded in 1088. This priory was founded by Roger de Builli of Tickhill Castle, one of William the Conqueror's followers.
The founder and later benefactors endowed Blyth with lands, money and churches. It was staffed at first by monks from the Mother House, Holy Trinity Priory at Rouen France. In 1286 Thomas Russel had to be returned to Rouen because of his intolerable conduct and also John de Belleville, as the climate did not suit him. There are other records of the unruly conduct of French monks.
During a visitation of the priory in 1536 it was alleged that five of the monks were guilty of grave offences and it was surrendered. George Dalton, the Prior, received a pension of twenty marks, and this seems to have been the only pension awarded. The net annual income at the date of the surrender was £180. (£90,000 as of 2015),
After the Dissolution the east part of the church was demolished and a tower built at the west end of the nave.
There was a restoration in 1885 by Hodgson Fowler.
A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.
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