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St Laurence's church

History - Introduction


The church of St. Laurence is the parish church of an expanding village and part of the former mining community of Woodlands.

The church also serves the hamlet of Hampole that, together with our joint parish of Skelbrooke, lies to the west of the old Roman road, the A1.

The building of the present church of St. Laurence began in the middle of the 12th century as a small, aisleless Norman nave and chancel with the addition in the early 13th century of a chapel on the north side of the Norman chancel.

The north aisle and west tower were built during the 14th and 15th century.

The church came into the possession of the priory for nuns at Hampole soon after its foundation and continued so until the suppression of that religious house in 1539. By this time, the church was complete in size as we see it today.

It suffered the usual internal alterations and destruction associated with the iconoclasm of the 16th and 17th centuries, and was subject to heavy, often unsympathetic restoration during the 19th century.

This history section has been compiled using the work of various writers of village history of Adwick-le-Street, whose sources have been carefully checked.

Other recently discovered information has been added, combined with comparisons with other local medieval churches.

It is hoped that readers will find the information of help in interpreting the vertical archaeology of the church against the background of history of our nation and its church.

(Based upon the publication, A Brief History and Guide to Adwick-le-Street and the Church of St. Laurence, by Richard H. Brooks, B.Ed.Hons., Dip.A.S.A.)

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