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St Mary Magdalene Newark

Church Walk
NG24 1JS

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St Mary Magdalene Newark

Open:  Monday – Saturday 8.30am – 12.00 &, 1.30pm - 4.00pm, Sunday 12.00 – 4.00pm

Newark's medieval parish church with its magnificent spire is one of the largest and finest parish churches in the country.

There is a hole visible in the spire marking the spot where the shot from a Parliamentarian cannon is said to have struck the church in 1664 during the Civil War.

The present building is the third to stand on the site. The first was a Saxon church which was replaced in 1180. In 1310 plans were drawn up to rebuild the whole church with the exception of the tower.

The work took nearly 200 years to complete. At one time the town's trade guilds each had a chapel in the church creating 16 altars as well as the high altar. Most were swept away during the Reformation.

There are now three chapels behind the High Altar. St George's Chapel was established as a war memorial after the First World War and contains the colours of the Sherwood Foresters and the Magnus Grammar School roll of honour.

The crypt, entered by the Lady Chapel, was originally used as a burying place. The bones here interred were moved and the crypt now houses the Treasury. It is the oldest part of the church and is used to display 16th Century chalices, flagons and alms dishes.
One of the church's treasures is an early 16th Century painted panel showing a dancing skeleton and a well- dressed man with his hand on his purse - warning that nobody can escape death despite their wealth.

The church library is in a room over the south porch. It contains books - many of them in Latin - bequeathed to the church by Bishop Thomas White who was Vicar of Newark between 1660 and 1665 and later became Bishop of Peterborough.

The most interesting church monument is the Fleming brass in the north choir aisle which dates from 1363 and is one of the largest brasses in England measuring 2.8m by 1.7m.  It commemorates the life of Newark wool merchant Alan Fleming who died in 1361.

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  2. Newark Military History Conference (2 day event)

    Friday 30th June & Saturday 1st July 2017

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  3. Adam Summerhayes & His Orchestra

    Friday 28th April 2017, 7.30pm 

    Adam Summerhayes and his Orchestra - The Magic of Vienna...

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  4. The Carpenters Story at The Palace Theatre Newark

    Thursday 15th June 2017, 7.30pm

    The Carpenters Story - The award-winning Carpenters Story...

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    Friday 19th May 2017, 7.30pm Ultimate Bowie - Prepare to be transported across 40 years of Bowie,...

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  2. Pasha Kovalev at The Palace Theatre Newark

    Wednesday 17th May 2017, 7.30pm Pasha Kovalev from Strictly Come Dancing is back touring the UK...

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  3. Worbey & Farrell at The Palace Theatre Newark

    Friday 12th May 2017, 7.30pm

    Worbey and Farrell are internationally acclaimed concert pianist...

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  5. Rhythm of the Dance

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  6. Iconic - The Show

    Saturday 13th May 2017, 7.30pm

    Steve Steinman's brand new show features some of the best sound...

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  7. Witchfinder General Screening at the National Civil War Centre

    Tuesday 31st October 2017, 8pm

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    During the anarchy and chaos of the Civil...

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  8. Covert Christmas: Family Activities at the National Civil War Centre

    Saturday 23rd December to Sunday 7th January

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    Saturday 14th October 2017, 2:30pm

    Join Christine Davies to explore how the Modern Witch...

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  10. The Battles of Brentford and Turnham Green at the National Civil War Centre

    Saturday 18th November 2017, 2:30pm

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  11. TE Lawrence and his Brough Superiors at the National Civil War Centre

    Saturday 24th June 2017, 2.30pm

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    Saturday 27th May to Sunday 4th June 2017

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