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Come to see our newly refurbished church!
We have finished re-ordering our church and we now have new toilets and a kitchen. Quite soon we hope ot start a weekly coffee shop and other social events. We are gratefulto the heritage Lottery fUnd who have given us £99,950 to enable this project to come to fruition.
Come to see what changes have been made and find out about the history of our church.
You have a chance to be part of this project by:
– researching more information as a member of the Adwick History group, or
- stewarding, guiding or serving teas as a member of the welcoming group, or
- helping with schools visits as a member of the schools group.
We have called the project "Unlocking the Treasures of St. Laurence", and focussed on 4 stories which are unique to St Laurence.
When St Laurence was asked in 256 AD to present the church’s treasure to the Roman authorities, he did not show the gold and silver and fine carvings but he presented the people. Our treasure is also in the people who have lived, worked and worshipped in Adwick and found inspiration and meaning in Christ. There is a great deal we can say about nearly 900 years of history and much of it is about the architecture and artefacts which are repeated in churches across the country. However, we have four stories which are special to Adwick and these are proposed as the focus for our church-led project.
Richard Rolle was a hermit and spiritual writer who lived from about 1300 until 1349 and spent the latter years of his life at the priory in Hampole. He is commemorated in the Anglican calendar on 20th.January. He was amongst the very first to write in the English Language of his times, he translated the psalms into English and was the author of many books on devotional themes. He continues to be of interest today and in recent years the church has hosted pilgrimages and aided theologians in research
Robert Parkyn was a priest of the church in 1541-69 who kept a diary recording his protests against the reformation policies of his day. The story of Robert Parkyn can bring to life the historical significance of the reformation in the local community. The story is supported by the discovery of two hidden altar tops during church renovations this century. One mensa is restored for its original purpose in the main altar and the second forms part of the floor in the chapel. Hearing these stories prompts reflection on the changes in politics today and the predicament of people facing persecution and intolerance today
James Washington’s tomb is of interest because it shows him in Tudor dress with his wife and twelve children and also his links with America. The ‘stars and stripes’ of the flag of the United States is said to be inspired by his family coat of arms when his ancestor, George became the first president. James was Lord of the manor, building Adwick Hall adjacent to the church, He was a Roundhead supporter in the Civil War and the fortunes of his family are documented.
In 1832 there was an outbreak of Cholera in Doncaster and a memorial in the churchyard commemorates five residents of Hampole died in July 1832. Parish council documents show how they looked at ways of preventing disease and set up a medical committee to help. There is a memorial stone in the churchyard showing the number of deaths. A local custom concerning this stone continues to be told today.
In addition to this there are many photographs and anecdotes of old Adwick dispersed through the community which could be catalogued and seen in church.
Many thanks to all to have helped us so far - please continue to support our events.