View of the church

Holbeck

St Winifred

Newark Archdeaconry

Bassetlaw and Bawtry Deanery

Introduction

A temporary chapel was erected at Holbeck in 1890. St Winifred’s was built on the Welbeck Estate in 1913-16 for the Duke of Portland, to the design of D McIntyre, Clerk of Works, approved by Louis Ambler, architect.

It is a towerless neo-Norman stone building based on Steetley church. There is a nave, with round arches and columns, chancel, round apse, north aisle, north porch and a single bell turret on the west end.

All the stained glass windows were designed by H Hendrie, starting with Faith, Hope and Charity in the west wall, where the small window represents The Perfect Woman.

The painting on the roof of the apse and north aisle was adapted from a 16th century ceiling at Cessnock Castle, Ayrshire.

Symbolic features, such as the winged lion, are carved into the capitals.

The font, said to be Saxon, was found near Mansfield Woodhouse. The pulpit is made of oak from Welbeck Park. The stone altar was made at Welbeck by Harry Stubbings. Two carved chairs in the sanctuary were made from the ancient Greendale Oak. The misericord in the Chaplain’s stall is by Lady Victoria Wemyss.

There is a tablet to Major Lord William Augustus Cavendish Bentinck (d1902) by Eric Gill, who also designed the tombstone for Lady Ottoline Morel (d1938).

This church is currently being researched, a full entry will appear in due course.