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BLYTH ST MARY & ST MARTIN (PRIORY)

Amazing architectureGlorious green men & gargoylesSpectacular stained glassInterpretation of site available

The Benedictine Priory at Blyth was established by Roger de Busli in 1088, the first monastery in Nottinghamshire. It was a daughter house of St Katherine’s of Rouen and French monks were sent there.

During the early middle ages Blyth become busy, populous and prosperous, an important town in the county. At Blyth Priory, where kings with their large retinues often stayed, there was a guest hall for the entertainment of strangers as well as apartments for poor travellers.

From the end of the 13th century the Priory church was extended and reorganised in order to meet the demand of the Blyth population for greater independence. By 1476 parish and Priory worshipped separately in the great church, with a new dividing east wall freshly decorated by ‘doom’ images of judgement day, and a second bell tower for the parish at the west end.

There is much to see in this stunning church, including the recently uncovered and extremely rare Doom painting.

If you know anything more about the heritage of this site and would like us to include it here please contact us.

VISITING ST MARY & ST MARTIN

Keyholder noticeTours for groups and schoolsGenerally accessible to wheelchair usersParking at Church or nearbyAccessible by public transportRefreshments at site or nearbyToilets at site or nearby

Address: Sheffield Road, Blyth, Worksop, S81 8HL

Opening Times: Usually open through February 12pm - 4pm in conjunction with Hodsock Priory snowdrop festival.

Contact: 01909 591876

Directions: A1(M) J34. Take B6045 Bawtry Road to Blyth. In village turn right onto Blyth Hall and Priory Close.

Grid Reference: SK 623 873 GB Grid

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The text has been written by volunteers from the site, more information can be found when you visit in person.

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