We hope you will enjoy looking around this small but beautiful country church. Although there has been a church on this site for over 600 years, the building has been
altered several times. What you see today is essentially a 14th century tower, built of
magnesian limestone, with a Victorian nave and apse. This is because the tower, together with the vestry, was all that survived a disastrous fire in 1867 when the verger literally ‘set the house on fire’ by over-stoking the boiler in response to complaints from the villagers about the cold.
There is a beautiful carved font, worked by Lady Maitland and featuring sculptured flowers, all of which can be found in the hedgerows around Letwell. Directly to the left (west) of the font you can see the charred ends of some of the beams which survived the fire.
There are some beautiful stained glass windows, including some new windows added during the recent renovation of the tower. To the right of the altar is a harmonium, which provides the music for services. These instruments are often found in small churches which do not have an organ.
The churchyard is lovely. It is full of wild flowers, and is particularly beautiful during the spring months. The church stands in a glorious position, on a ridge looking west towards Laughton where, just beyond Kings Wood, the tower of All Saints church can be seen. It can be reached on foot via bridleways.
If you know anything more about the heritage of this site and would like us to include it here please contact us.
Address: Church Lane, Letwell, S81 8DE
Opening Times: Details of keyholder available on the noticeboard. Please ring to arrange a group visit.
Contact: 01909 540193
Directions: M1 J31. A57 to Worksop. At Todwick crossroads turn left . Follow signs for Letwell.
Grid Reference: SK 560 870 GB Grid
The text has been written by volunteers from the site, more information can be found when you visit in person.
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