St Peter's Church, Gamston, Nottinghamshire
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A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
The earliest surviving elements of this beautiful stone-built church date from the 13th century, but the site is believed to have been in ecclesiastical use since Saxon times. Today, light filtering through the clear glass in diamond leaded panes onto white plastered walls gives the church an airy feel.
The 14th century tower boasts a complete ring of six bells of exceptional significance. Five are dated 1721, and the sixth is a war memorial dated 1918-24.
St Peter's was extensively restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1855. The unusual rood stair turret projecting above the roofline on the north-east corner of the nave is often attributed to this restoration, but it seems likely that Scott only repaired (or perhaps altered) it because a turret is clearly indicated on a 1773 sketch held in the British Library.
The church was closed for regular worship in November 2015, and vested into the care of the CCT in February 2018. Conservation repair works lasting up to two years are currently underway, after which the church will re-open to the public. Look out for notification of open days and special opportunities to see the church while the works are going on.
A pair of eccentric churches
A strangely beautiful church
Stunningly detailed medieval wall paintings
Currently closed for conservation work. Check back for notification of special open days.
Gamston is a small village situated approximately 4 miles from Retford and close to the A1 motorway.
Contact Pete Clegg on [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering at St Peter's Gamston.