Newark St Mary Magdalene

Archaeology

Earliest core fabric is the crypt: pre 1200

West tower is C13th - C14th with later modifications; C14th spire

Core fabric of nave is C15th rebuild, though crossing piers are C13th

Chancel late C15th (completed by 1498)

Significant Interior Features

Graffiti on choir stalls dated 1660

Rood screen C16th has no painting visible

Painted stone panels depicting the Two painted stone panels

Timbers and roofs

  Nave Chancel Tower
Main Panelled with ties pre-1460 Panelled with ties pre-1460  
S.Aisle      
N.Aisle      
Other principal      
Other timbers Rood screen C16th    

Bellframe

Cast-iron, low sided frame by Mears and Stainbank of 1913. New fittings installed by Taylors of Loughborough in 1954.

Not scheduled for preservation Grade 5.

Walls

  Nave Chancel Tower
Plaster covering & date No plaster. Aisles C19/20th No plaster No plaster
Potential for wall paintings Nil C16th panels in Markham chapel Nil

Excavations and potential for survival of below-ground archaeology

Several watching briefs have been undertaken during the 1980s and 1990s on minor external works, mainly for the repair of paths and walls (County SMR).

A watching brief on the opening-up of the south aisle transept floor for investigation purposes in 1999 revealed no significant pre-C19th archaeological deposits at the surface. No excavation was undertaken (County SMR).

The overall potential for the survival of below-ground archaeology in the churchyard is considered low-moderate and below the present interior floors is considered to be high-VERY high.

Exterior:Domestic/ecclesiastical Pre-Conquest-C20th, low incidence of surviving burials likely on all sides due to proximity of streets and walkways.

Interior:Extent of C19th disturbance is conjectural. Vaults known to exist and whole is likely to be a highly complex mixture of C15th building layers with unknown survival of earlier deposits beneath, punctuated by late medieval graves and post-medieval vaults.

Walls:Mostly C15th rebuilding and subsequent alterations, but earlier evidence apparent at the west end and in the crypt.