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Church of the Month (November 2022)

The church of St Mary, Greasley, is the featured church for November 2022. Greasley is located about 11 km (7 miles) north-west of Nottingham.

The church consists of a west tower, nave, north and south aisles, and chancel with north vestry (1910) and south vestry (1962).

The impressive embattled three-stage tower with angle buttresses and eight crocketed pinnacles was built in the 15th century.

The nave and chancel were rebuilt with reference to Early English and Perpendicular styles in the late 19th century: by H C Turner in 1882 and by J A Chatwin in 1896. The rebuilding was undertaken because of mining subsidence.

The plain octagonal stone font probably dates from the 15th century,

Fixed to the west wall of the south aisle are two slate Commandment Boards and a slate Benefaction Board probably from the late 18th or early 19th centuries.

There are several stained glass windows from the late 19th and 20th centuries in the church, including one relating to nearby Beauvale Priory which incorporates roundels depicting St Agatha and St Lucy. The roundels are said to have come from the Priory but it is likely they date from the 16th or 17th century.

The church contains monuments to members of the Rolleston family of Watnall Hall. The most notable is the monument to Lancelot Rolleston, who died in 1685. Pevsner describes it as an ‘animated demi-figure baroquely draped, with broken segmental pediment.’

Further information on this church is available from the Southwell & Nottingham Church History Project website.