St Katherine’s church has been known to exist since around 1208, but it is likely that the nearby well indicates that there has been a place of worship at Loversall for millennia.
The fate of the church has been connected for most of its known history to the owners of the Hall, with successive owners being patrons of various generosity towards the church. Many of the families are remembered either in the graveyard or within the church itself. For most of its life, the church will have been in a monastic type seclusion with the associated peace.
The first known changes to the church were carried out by the Wyrral family. They added a side chapel in about 1530. Extensive repairs and restoration were carried by the Overtons in the 1780s.
In 1855 the entire nave and south aisle were taken down and re-built. The font was moved and placed in the area under the south arch of the tower, the floor was tiled, open pews put in and the roof was pitched higher. The porch was added in 1861. A combination of money raised locally, a grant from English Heritage and work carried out by the probation service has left the church a beautiful place to worship.
Interesting features to see include: Coat of Arms of the Banks family, Royal Coat of Arms of George I, 14th century oak stalls and table tomb, 15th century Wyrral Chapel containing Tudor windows, an altar tomb and a recumbent knight.
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Address: Bubup Hill, DN11 9DA
Opening Times: Only open for Sunday services. Please contact us to arrange a visit.
Contact: 01302 851974 or WadwithLove@googlemail.co.uk
Directions: A1(M) J36. Take A630 to Rotherham. Turn left onto B6367 to Edlington. After Old Edlington turn left onto Cockhill Lane and cross motorway. Turn left onto Long Gate. In Wadworth turn left onto A60 and into Loversall. Turn right up Bubup Hill, church visible in middle of field.
Grid Reference: SK 576 987 GB Grid
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