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Church of the Month (March 2024)

The church of Holy Trinity, Tythby, is the featured church for March 2024. The village of Tythby is 3.2 km (2 miles) south of Bingham.

The church consists of a small west tower, two-bay nave with north aisle, lean-to south aisle with porch, and a two-bay chancel.

The upper section of the tower is constructed of 19th century brick with small lancets and a hipped slate roof.

The north aisle and north arcade was rebuilt in 1863. The two-bay south arcade dates from the 14th century.

The most striking feature about this small church is the Georgian furnishings: a high panelled pulpit with reader’s desk, high chancel screen, baluster communion rails and high box pews of grained deal. There is also a west gallery.

The octagonal font has an inscription on the panels that reads: ‘T.S.R.D.’ It is possibly a re-carved medieval font. 

Two windows contain stained glass. The east window has the theme of the Good Shepherd and was made by Pope & Parr of Nottingham in 1954. The window at the east end of the south aisle shows the figure of Christ surrounded by loaves, flowers and sheaves, was produced by Whitefirars of London and dates from 1938.

There are few monuments in the church. The inscription on a plaque commemorating Thomas Chaworth of Cropwell Butler (who died in 1435) has been taken from Robert Thoroton’s book, ‘The Antiquities of Nottinghamshire,’ published in 1677.

On the north wall of the chancel is a marble mural monument (surmounted by a flat obelisk with the family coat of arms) to members of the Stanhope family of Shelford with the coat of arms. It dates from 1807.

Further information on the church can be found at the Southwell and Nottingham Church History Project website.