Church of St Mary and All Saints, Hawksworth

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Coordinates: 52°59′00″N 00°52′48″W / 52.98333°N 0.88000°W / 52.98333; -0.88000

Church of St Mary and All Saints, Hawksworth
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Denomination Church of England
Website The Cranmer Group
Dedication St Mary and All Saints
Parish Hawksworth
Diocese Southwell and Nottingham
Province York
Vicar(s) Rev. Bryony Wood

The Church of St Mary and All Saints, Hawksworth is a parish church in the Church of England in Hawksworth, Nottinghamshire. It is Grade II* listed by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport as a particularly significant building of more than local interest.[1]


The present church building dates back to the 12th century, most probably to about 1150, but there are documentary indications of an earlier, Saxon church dedicated, or dedicated also to St Edmund the Martyr. The church possesses a cross shaft with Danish Viking scroll and Christian cross ornamentation on two faces, which has been dated to the late 9th or early 10th century, but there are no surviving indications of Saxon work in the church fabric.

References to St Edmund recur in church documents up to the 16th century as the dedication of an adjunct to the main chancel. In 1676 it was recorded that 88 people in Hawksworth were receiving communion and there were six Dissenters.[2]

The south wall of the tower bears the reset arch of a tympanum, carved with alternating rosettes and wheels in roundels, enclosing a row of zigzag carving. The centre shows a cross with splayed ends with a raised band just before the splay. At the top is an angel on the right and an Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) on the left, both set in roundels. The shaft of the cross shows two standing figures. Down the left hand side of the cross and below is a Latin inscription, which translates: "Walter and his spouse Cecelina had this church made in honour of our Lord and of Saint Mary the Virgin and all God's saints likewise." This tympanum was dated by Pevsner to the 12th century.[3]

The nave was rebuilt in 1812–13, the north aisle in 1837, and the chancel in 1851.[4] The stained glass of the east window, by William Wailes, also dates from 1851. A new west door with a stone arch was added in 1866. The clock and a third bell followed in 1873.[5]

Much of the church building was deconsecrated in 1989 and now serves as Hawksworth Community Hall. Urgent major repairs were undertaken in 2000, 2005 and 2012.[2]

Parish structure[edit]

There is a service in the church at 9 a.m. on the 4th Sunday of the month.[6] Since 1967 it has formed part of The Cranmer Group of parishes,[2] which also includes:


  1. ^ Historic England. "CHURCH OF ST MARY AND ALL SAINTS (1243797)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Southwell and Nottingham Church History Project – History Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  3. ^ The Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  4. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus: The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire (Harmondsworth, Middx: Penguin, 1979), p. 139.
  5. ^ Southwell and Nottingham Church History Project – Introduction Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  6. ^ A Church Near You Retrieved 22 August 2016.