Mansfield Woodhouse St Edmund

Features and Fittings

Chancel

East end of the
church, showing the
altar and east window

Altar

The altar and altar rails are carved out of oak. On the rail gates is a brass plaque which reads: ‘To the glory of God and in loving memory of G. Alfred Clarke. These gates were given by his wife March 1913.’

Sedilia

Stone carved sedilia are located to the south side of the altar. A brass plaque reads ‘to the glory of God and in loving remembrance of Alfred Brook M.A. vicar of this parish AD 1860 -1870. These sedilia were erected by Harriet his wife AD 1877.

Pillar Piscina

In 1930, in the grounds of the adjacent Manor House, an early pillar piscina was discovered. This now stands in the chancel.

Pulpit

The C19 pulpit is one of the highest in the diocese. Beneath the pulpit is a stone carving depicting Eve eating the apple, with a serpent entwined around her.

Lectern

The lectern, to the side of the chancel, was given by Mrs Need in memory of her son who died at sea. This was vandalised in 1975 and was later restored by Mr Ben Else.

Lady Chapel

Glass screen depicting the story of Ruth

A three-panelled, oak-framed, glass screen, separating the Lady Chapel from the Chancel. Reading from left to right:

Panel One:
Ruth said to Naomi ‘Entreat me not to leave you for where you go I will go and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people and your God my God.’
(So the two of them left Moab).
And went on till they came to Bethlehem.
Small inscription at bottom of screen:
To the Glory of God and in memory of Hilda Baird, nee Radford, a devoted wife and loving mother obit 25th October 1988.
Panel Two:
At meal time in the field, Boaz said to Ruth, come here and eat some bread and dip your morsel in the wine.
Panel Three:
The woman said to Naomi ‘Your daughter-in-law Ruth has borne you a grandson named Obed.’
(Obed became the father of Jesse, the father of David, the forefather of Jesus.)
Small inscription at bottom of screen:
Designed and engraved by David Pilkington 1992.
Original drawings by David Kenworthy.
Installation by Mansfield Glass and Albert Greaves.

Entrance to Lady Chapel

At the entrance to the Lady Chapel is a carved oak screen above which are four coloured carved angels from the original riddell posts.

Altar

The wooden altar was originally made for St Martin’s Church, Mansfield Woodhouse. (The church is now demolished.)

Nave

The nave contains 52 pews, with individually carved poppy head pew ends.

Samples of the poppy head pew ends

The choir stalls and organ are situated in the north side of the nave.

Tower

Font

The stone font, thought to be Norman, is situated at the entrance. It was restored to the church, having been found early in the 19th century buried in the churchyard, where doubtless it had been thrown during the Cromwellian period. Refacing has removed all signs of age.

Robe Cabinet

Choir robes are contained in a fitted wooden cabinet.

Exterior

Spire Top

The spire is thought to be 14C. The tower and the octagonal spire reaches to a total of 104 feet. The well proportioned broach spire is a stone structure replacing the earlier wooden steeple that had been destroyed by fire. In the spire’s lower portion are four two-light windows with projecting gables. (Such dormer windows are a rare feature in a spire).

At the top of the spire is a most unusual second tier of small dormer windows. They are so small that from a distance they resemble an odd spiky finish.

As a matter of interest the previous weather-vane cap stone is now to be found in the churchyard to the right of the north porch.