St Mary the Virgin, Nettleton & Burton

St Mary the Virgin, Nettleton

St Mary’s Church is a Grade 1 listed building. Its oldest parts date from about 1290 although little remains from that period. The external walls of the nave and aisle date from the 14th century. The 15th century tower is one of a superb group in this area.

Inside the church, the earliest feature is the circular Norman font. The north aisle, with 
Georgian box pews, is a 14th century copy of Norman work. The pews in the west end of the church were removed in 2009, revealing the marvellous proportions of the arches between the nave and the north aisle.

The arches of the nave rest on the round columns which have sculptured capitals, all of them different. Here is a fine array of thirty or forty figures and faces below the roof and on the arches. However, even more striking is the considerable outward tilt of the columns, which may even have happened at the time the church was built

The stone bench on the inside of the north wall probably dates from the 13th century. The carved stone pulpit is 15th century, but the stone steps up to it are 600 years old.

There is a peal of 6 bells, with the tenor dating from c.1400, which were restored and rehung in 1982.

St Mary’s can seat a congregation of about 130. There is a flexible space of about 75m2, with 30 chairs, at the west end, available for community use.

The Church is normally open, but if you are making a special trip, please contact us to make sure you will not be disappointed. If you are a wheelchair user, we have some portable ramps we can put in place for you if you let us know you are coming.


Marje Caie