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St. Mary Magdalene Church, Lammas Road, Sutton in Ashfield, 1868

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:Sutton in Ashfield
:Lammas Road
:St. Mary Magdalene Church, Lammas Road, Sutton in Ashfield, 1868
:12 February 1868
:Seddon-Tyrer, Joseph
:Nottingham City Council
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The original Norman building seems to have been a plain aisleless church, and certainly occupied the site of the present building. During the general restoration which took place in 1868, an arch stone (now built into the west wall) was found. It was surmounted by the typical Norman chevron or zig-zag ornamentation, and may have come from the chancel arch of the Norman building. The pillar piscine now serving as a standard for the floral decorations was unearthed in the churchyard, and had been dated by experts as early as 1115. The Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene has been altered and repaired on a number of occasions. At the beginning of the 13th century, the building was lengthened by the addition of a new western bay. The tower and spire was added in the 14th century, and a new spire was built in 1819 when the former was destroyed in a gale. In 1854, the chancel was restored by the Duke of Portland, and in 1867-8 the Vicar at the time - the Rev. Charles Bellairs - raised £2,000 for further much needed restoration work. (information from the website