Edwinstowe St Mary

Features and Fittings

Photograph of the Forest Measure,
taken when it was brought inside
Drawing of the Forest Measure

The Forest Measure

Sited in the North Aisle near the Rigley Memorial it was originally on the outside near the doorway. It was brought inside in 1911 as it was in danger of deteriorating. The Register of Newstead Priory records that ‘The Forest foot was used in the time of Richard Oysell (Edw.I 1272-1307) for renting the Wastes of the Forest, and was marked & graven in the chancel wall of Edenstowe and in the church of St. Mary Nottingham and Newstede’.

It is 15" long, 11" wide and 5" thick and is thought by some only to be part of a string course.

The fontThe Font

The font at the west end of the south aisle is stone of the Decorated period; it shows a band of quatrefoils with cusping on its 8 faces. It was probably repaired after the spire fell through the roof in 1672. It is mounted on two stone steps and has an oak pyramidal cover brought from some other font in the 19th Century which does not fit well.

The Screen

This was erected in 1938 and contains paintings depicting the life and conversion of King Edwin.

Bronze crucifixCrucifix in Bronze

This was rescued from a shell hole and brought back from France and placed in the north aisle of the church after the First World War.


Oak pews for 250 replaced the rented box pews in 1849.

The parish mapThe Parish Map

This hangs at the back of the north aisle. It is a piece of embroidery, patchwork and tapestry 10' x 8' and was completed in 1996 after 4 years of work by many members of the community.