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The Church of St Mary Magdalene

 

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  • The Church of St Mary Magdalene is considered one of the finest parish churches in England.
  • The central piers of the old church, dating from the 11th or 12th century, remain, and the lower part of the tower is a fine example of Early English when at its best.
  • It was originally built as a place of worship for the Bishops of Lincoln who also controlled Newark Castle and used it as a retreat.
  • The upper parts of the tower and spire are Decorated, completed about 1350; the nave dates from between 1384 and 1393, and the chancel from 1489 which is built on the site of the original parish church.
  • Only the spires of Preston, Louth, Grantham, Chesterfield and Kilburn are taller parish churches outside London.
  • During the English Civil War the spire was hit by a cannon ball, the damage remains to this day.

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Reference No.
2927
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
21-05-2016
 

Building Location

Address
Parish Church Market Place, Newark. NG24 1JS
Council
Newark and Sherwood District Council
County
Nottinghamshire
Region
East Midlands
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
1070
Completion date
1489
Renovation Date
1865
Heritage Status
Grade I
Style
Gothic

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
77.00
Pinnacle Type
Spire

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Primary Use
Place of Worship


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