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Please visit out lovely church, which has been a place where worship has been offered to God for over 1000 years.

The original Norman church was constructed during the reign of Henry I (d 1135). The tower was constructed in the 15th century and in 1897 a new nave and south aisle were added. The original nave and chancel now form part of the Lady Chapel with a beautiful Norman chancel arch on which is a curious carved head. Also in the Lady Chapel there is a medieval grave cover and a memorial to Sir Thomas Hewitt, surveyor of works to King George I. There are very attractive Norman nave bosses, showing coats of arms of local gentry and two unusual carvings of ‘Green Men’.

The Norman font stands at the entrance to the 15th century tower and has a modern carved cover. The tower houses three bells the oldest which is dated 1425. The other two bells date from 1618 and 1630.

The wooden pulpit standing at the north side of the nave dates from 1727 and would originally have been canopied and double deckered. The imposing brass eagle lectern was donated in 1893.

The south porch protects an impressive 12th century doorway. It has a fine tympanum with upcurved base and a chequer patterned surrounded by a lozenge band. The band consists of wonderful alternate human and bird head carvings.

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


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: Church Street, Wales, Sheffield, S26 5LQ

Opening Times: Normally open 9:00am to 16:30pm except during school holidays. Open all day Sunday. Open until dusk in winter. Arrangements can be arranged for opening at other times.

Contact: 01909 565811 or 01909 771079 or

Directions: M1 J31. Take A57 towards Sheffield. At roundabout turn left onto A618 Mansfield Road. Turn left onto B6059 School Road into Wales. Cross motorway bridge and turn right into Church Street. Church is on the left.

Grid Reference: SK 477 826 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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