SK7079 : Church of All Hallows, Ordsall

taken 4 years ago, near to Retford, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain

Church of All Hallows, Ordsall
Church of All Hallows, Ordsall
The nave, looking west. I had the good fortune to arrive shortly after morning Communion as the church is not normally open. The right hand pillar shows nail-head decoration; note also the later pillar with attached columns to the left. The modern screen in the tower arch shows to good effect.
Church of All Hallows, Ordsall
The church comprises nave with north and south aisles, chancel, west tower and south porch. A modern vestry is attached to the north aisle.

The church dates from the 13th century, although the only surviving work of this period is the two nave arcades, the north aisle being slightly the earlier of the two.

The church was substantially rebuilt in 1877 by the Nottingham architect T C Hine. Both aisles were rebuilt wider at this time, together with the south porch. The great east window was also inserted, resulting in the raising of the chancel roof which had previously followed the line of the nave. Hine also rebuilt the upper stages of the tower, although this may follow the original design. The tower had previously had major repairs in 1823 following a lightning strike. It is thought to be 15th century in origin.

Internally, the aisle arcades are 13th century, that to the north showing nail-head decoration on alternate columns, while on column in the south arcade has attached columns, indicating a slightly later date. The tower arch, springing at an angle from the responds, is likely to be 15th century. It is filled with an attractive modern glazed screen carrying small carved wooden figures of saints. A new floor has been created a new ringing chamber above an enclosed kitchen area.

Most of the internal fitments date from the 1877 rebuilding, but there is a late 15th century oak rood screen. This has been moved around to various locations within the church before being returned to its original location in 1939. Descriptions refer to a 19th century font from the 1877 rebuilding, but the font currently in use is much older, probably pre-reformation. It is in a relatively unusual position at the east end of the south aisle. On the wall of the north aisle is a memorial in Nottingham alabaster of the early 17th century, to Samuel Bevercotes (d.1603)

Mention must be made of the stained glass of the late 19th and early 20th century, including work by Kempe, Camm and Powell.

The church is Listed Grade II*. For more information about the church see the Southwell & Nottingham Church History Project LinkExternal link and the comprehensive parish website LinkExternal link
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Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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Date Taken
Sunday, 11 October, 2015   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 13 October, 2015
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
Period (from Tags)
13th Century 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 7043 7971 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:18.5794N 0:56.6659W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 7043 7971
View Direction
West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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Parish Church  Church Interior  Church Nave  Aisle Arcade 

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