View of the church from the south

Thorpe

St Laurence

Newark Archdeaconry

Newark and Southwell Deanery

Introduction

No church is recorded here in Domesday.

This very small building is late Perpendicular of Bennington blue stone with Ancaster stone facings. It consists of a chancel, nave, large south porch, and low west tower with turret containing two bells. (Throsby said it had three bells in the 1790s.) There is no chancel arch but there is a modern screen.

The 13th century tower has diagonal buttresses with roof added when the church was rebuilt in 1873-77.

In the chancel is a much mutilated effigy of Lady Margaret Thorpe, widow of Lord William de Thorpe who fought at Crecy in 1346. She is wearing a wimple, her feet resting on a dog, but both arms are missing.

There is a brass and a memorial window to John, son of the Rev William Wood, former Rector. Also a stained glass east window in memory of the Rev Andrew Ping, former Rector, installed in 1937. Additional brasses from the 18th century for the Brady family and the Rev Charles Townsend and his wife.

The font is a most curious amalgam. The base seems part of an old font step; on this is a moulded 14th century shaft which is crowned with a circular water stoup, possibly Norman. This is surmounted by ‘an unusually pretty 17th century cover in the form of open ribs curving to the top knot’ (Pevsner).

It is in a much better state now than in the 17th century. The Archdeaconry Return 1638 reported that there was no cover on the font, no poor box, that the belfry needed paving and that the churchyard was unfenced and full of rubbish.

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