Building record M17239 - Church of St Mary & St Martin, Blyth


CHURCH (Medieval to Late 20th Century)


Grid reference Centred SK 62402 87289 (36m by 28m)
Map sheet SK68NW
District Bassetlaw
Civil Parish Blyth, Bassetlaw


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

The only monastic building still existing is the church, which was built soon after the foundation in 1088. The S aisle was converted to parochial use during the C13. The W tower is C15. The E arm was allowed to fall into decay as were the claustral buildings to the N. The site of the E end is walled from the parish church and covered by a garden. (3)
Only the W half of the conventual church remains, in use as the parish church of St Mary and St Martin. The E end, including the crossing, transepts and presbytery destroyed. (4)
Founded by Roger de Builli of Tickhill castle … in 1088. The nave … is decidedly C11 in character. About 1230 the ceiling was replaced by [a] vault. S aisle of c.1300. Perp W tower. The crossing, transepts each with an apsidal E chapel, and the chancel ending in an apse and accompanied by straight-ended chancel chapels are all gone, pulled down after the dissolution. The nave is also deprived of its E bay. Monument [to] Edward Mellish d.1703 … signed by John Hancock. The [N] gallery … has been removed and Perp windows inserted instead … a restoration of 1861 by J. G. Weightman. (5)
Restored by Fowler 1885. (6)
See M 8756 for Blyth Hall
Excavation of Pump Chamber pit, test pits and watching brief during drainage trench excavation by Pre-Construct Archaeological Services in 2011. Post-medieval brick vault (MNT27039) discovered in drainage trench. Lower courses north wall and ajoining stone butress were encountered in the pump chamber pit. (7)

Listed buildings slides, 182 slides (Photograph). SNT2648.

The Blyth Doom Painting (Published document). SNT2708.

James White, 06/09/02, Blyth Priory - C15th reconstruction (Plan). SNT4489.

<1> Thoroton Society, 1901, TTS, p 27-30 (Published document). SNT328.

<2> Thoroton Society, 1938, TTS, pp 85-91 (Published document). SNT355.

<3> Peverel Archaeology Group, 1953, Ann Rept 5, pp 24-5 (Published document). SNT1123.

<4> Wardale CF, 1959, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT1394.

<5> Pevsner N, 1979, The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed., p 77-9 (Monograph). SNT4.

<6> DOE, Listed Building Description (Published document). SNT228.

<7> PCA, 2011, Report on the Archaeological Mitigation Work: Priory Church of St. Mary and St. Martin, Blyth, Notts (Unpublished document). SNT4763.

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  • --- Photograph: Listed buildings slides. 182 slides.
  • --- Published document: The Blyth Doom Painting. 1.
  • --- Plan: James White. 06/09/02. Blyth Priory - C15th reconstruction. A4.
  • <1> Published document: Thoroton Society. 1901. TTS. 5. p 27-30.
  • <2> Published document: Thoroton Society. 1938. TTS. 42. pp 85-91.
  • <3> Published document: Peverel Archaeology Group. 1953. Ann Rept 5. pp 24-5.
  • <4> Personal comment: Wardale CF. 1959. Pers Comm.
  • <5> Monograph: Pevsner N. 1979. The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed.. Penguin. p 77-9.
  • <6> Published document: DOE. Listed Building Description.
  • <7> Unpublished document: PCA. 2011. Report on the Archaeological Mitigation Work: Priory Church of St. Mary and St. Martin, Blyth, Notts.

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Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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