St Swithuns Parish Church

St Swithuns Parish Church, Retford

St Swithuns Parish Church
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kensmoon
Lincoln, UK927 contributions
Impressive
Sep 2020
Located on its own area of land between two roads and Cannon Square this is a beautiful Grade II listed building. I enjoyed the exterior but understandably could not enter the church given the current situation. Hopefully next year I will be able to view the wonderful stained glass.
Written October 4, 2020
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freddiedoncaster
doncaster2,240 contributions
THE FOCAL POINT OF RETFORD.
Aug 2019 • Couples
Whenever visiting Retford I always find myself parking next to this magnificent structure.Set literally in the heart of the town,this stunning piece of architecture certainly takes your breath away.
Written August 2, 2019
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edwardbear80
Manchester, UK761 contributions
wonderful
Apr 2019 • Couples
Retford itself is a pretty town with a good selection of shops an outdoor market and other interesting things to look at. but the best is Saint Swithun's Parish Church, it lies just behind the outdoor market a short walk from the Argos store.
The outside of the church is pretty in itself but inside we got the warmest welcome we have had from any church we have visited.
although small it has lots to see,
The first record of a church here is dated as 1258. the oldest part of the church is the Lady Chaple,
The church is based on the perpendicular style, built on a cruciform plan with a central tower. the tower collapsed during a storm, in 1651, but was rebuilt in 1658.
there are many memorial slabs inside the oldest one dates from 1496 giving some idea of its age.
Over the south door, inside is a figure of a bishop. it's said to represent Saint Swithun but in fact, it was brought back from a dissolved monastery in Portugal and its true origin is unknown.
The organ was originally in a gallery at the West End of the church. In 1841 a new organ was built and placed in the South Side. it was again enlarged in 1886. In 1980 it was completely rebuilt again.
There are some medieval stained glass windows. Some fragments are placed in the West window of the Transept, these are unusual as having two coins set into the glass and these are known as the Penny Window. The rest of the glass is 19th and 20th century.
Written April 13, 2019
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Derek T
East Retford, United Kingdom55 contributions
A visit with friends from Spain
Jul 2018 • Friends
A wonderful place of calm and reflection! Excellent Victorian stained glass.

We were made very welcome.
Written July 5, 2018
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John B
Nottingham, UK60 contributions
Summoned by Bells.
May 2018 • Couples
Nothing nicer than the peal of bells on a summer morning, Makes so much more of a wonderful old town to hear it's church bells in full voice. Long may it continue.
Written May 7, 2018
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Adrian S
Lincoln, UK72 contributions
A delightful church well worth visiting
Dec 2017 • Solo
Since moving to a part time working pattern earlier this year I have made a number of weekday visits to this magnificent town church. Architecturally it is a real gem and well worth a visit. This morning I was there for the 10.30 Thursday morning Book of Common Prayer Communion service, a quiet, reflective act with a brief address. At least in my view it was worship as God and Cranmer intended! Afterwards there was, as always, coffee and biscuits. This morning I think there were a dozen in the congregation and I believe everyone stayed on for coffee.
Written December 28, 2017
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PippinBoo
Pontefract, UK409 contributions
Tranquil and beautiful
Apr 2017 • Friends
I visited St Swithuns when it was hosting a local art exhibition. I really enjoyed the art exhibits but the real joy was appreciating the beauty of the church itself.A tranquil peaceful place. Highly recommended
Written November 17, 2017
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Jaybird
Chesterfield, UK3,318 contributions
Imposing Grandeur
Dec 2016 • Solo
A very grand church with a warm heart focused on the community. A lovely welcoming place to visit at any time of year but especially so in the run up to Christmas.
Written December 12, 2016
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Malsville
Nottingham UK152 contributions
Engages with the community
Jul 2016 • Couples
This is a church that is used for more than just religious services. Art, photographic exhibitions are all held here and the Christmas Tree Festival is a joy. The stained glass is outstanding
Written September 2, 2016
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DunelmArts
Aberdeen, UK939 contributions
Lunch time concert
Aug 2016 • Friends
Situated in Cannon Square, St Swithun's is a large Church of England church built in the perpendicular style with beautiful stained glass and an impressive central tower. It is also the venue for several community events including art exhibitions and concerts. Check their website to see what is on. We went to an excellent lunch and organ concert which was well attended and financed by a voluntary collection at the end of the event.
Written September 1, 2016
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