View of the church

Finningley

Holy Trinity & St Oswald

Doncaster Archdeaconry

West Doncaster Deanery

Introduction

The administrative geography of Finningley is complicated. Up to 1974 the village itself was in Nottinghamshire while the the rest of the parish, which includes Blaxton and Auckley, was in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Local government reorganisation in 1974 resulted in Finningley being transferred to the new county of South Yorkshire. However, in terms of ecclesiastical geography, both village and parish have been part of the Archdeaconry of Nottingham for centuries and remained in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham until 2009 when the transfer of Finningley with Auckley to the Diocese of Sheffield took place.

The church consists of nave, north aisle, west tower, south porch and chancel. The earliest parts of the fabric are Norman: the tower up to belfry level, the 12th century tower arch, the nave walls and the south doorway. The church was restored in 1885 by Charles Hodgson Fowler.

The chancel dates from c1300, including the sedilia and piscina.

The outstanding nave roof is of five bays and has carved beams and bosses.

The tub font is medieval and has a 17th century cover. The hexagonal oak panelled pulpit dates from 1603.

There are six incised foliated cross slabs in the porch.

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