Trip to Nottinghamshire
Saturday, 13th April 2013
The sun failed to shine on Thursday's trip to Nottinghamshire, but nevertheless the venues proved to be very interesting. St Giles Church at Holme by Newark mainly dates from the late fifteenth century when it was rebuilt by the wool merchant John Barton. Barton's mark is visible all over the church and his tomb is in the chancel. Above the porch is Nan Scott's Chamber, named after a seventeenth century woman who survived the plague there. The church was neglected in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries before being very sensitively restored in the 1930s.
After lunch in Newark we went on to Holme Pierrepont Hall where we were given a tour by Robert Brackenbury.
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The Hall, on the banks of the Trent, has been reduced in size over the years to buildings around a single courtyard - which has within it a charming and cloistered garden. The main entrance facade is Tudor of 1500. The entrance towers have ornamental battlements and unusual alcoves (perhaps shelters from the weather). The ground floor rooms have, ... (read more...)
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 ... (read more...)