St Mary and St Martin’s Church, Blyth

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St Mary and St. Martin’s Church, Blyth
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Coordinates: 53°22′50.38″N 01°3′42.82″W / 53.3806611°N 1.0618944°W / 53.3806611; -1.0618944
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Broad Church
Dedication St Mary & St Martin
Heritage designation Grade I listed
Bells 6
Parish Blyth, Nottinghamshire
Deanery Bassetlaw & Bawtry
Diocese Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham
Province York
Vicar(s) The Rev'd Kate Bottley
Reader(s) Mary Pryce, Graham Robinson, Marlene Simpson (Shared with other churches in the parish)

St. Mary and St. Martin’s Church, Blyth, is a Grade I listed parish church in Blyth, Nottinghamshire, England.[1]


Double height clerestory

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. (equivalent to £100,000 as of 2015),[2]

Parish Church[edit]

The nave and chancel

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 C. Hodgson Fowler.


A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[3]

Viral video[edit]

The church gained notoriety after a video of a flash mob wedding held in the church was posted on YouTube on June 21, 2013.[4][5]


  1. ^ The Buildings of England. Nottinghamshire. Nikolaus Pevsner
  2. ^ UK Consumer Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Gregory Clark (2016), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)",
  3. ^ "The National Pipe Organ Register (NPOR) V2.15". Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
  4. ^ "Gary and Tracy Richardson's Wedding Flash Mob 15/06/2013". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
  5. ^ "Church of England flashmob wedding video goes viral". 2013-06-24. Retrieved 2016-10-26.