1972-Sookholm Church

Base of Church Tower

Sookholm

Jim Turner and Frank Turner

1961 - Combs Farm

Type - Iron Age/Romano-British

Location - Farnsfield. SK631552

Project Leader - Brian Simmonds

 

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A local group of enthusiasts was involved in the restoration of the tiny and neglected church at Sookholm.

 

Pevsner describes the building as a ‘simple, two-cell, Norman chapel that could be as early as 1100’. 

 

Evidence in the stonework of the west elevation suggested that a tower may have existed and the Society was asked to confirm this. A small area excavation revealed the foundations of a square tower and the only small find was a fragment of a decorated clasp possibly from a prayer book.

 

Curiously, the base of the tower was found to be several degrees out of alignment with the existing body of the church.

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Drawings of these foundations and a south elevation of the church are filed in Mansfield Museum.

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Watercolour of Sookholme Chapel dated 1856