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St Giles' Church, Holme, Nottinghamshire

St Giles, Holme Pierrpoint

St Giles, Holme Pierrpoint

The church is nicely set in a cul-de-sac by the river. It was built by a wool merchant – John Barton and you can find his ‘marks’: the shields above the porch door include a sheep and two bales; his rebus (‘bar’ and ‘ton’ = barrel) in the chancel roof. He is said to have come up with the phrase: ‘I thanke God and ever shall/It is the sheepe hath payed for all’. The church has an unspoiled Tudor chancel; there are fine screens and poppyhead benches. Fragments of 16th century glass remain.

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