Holy Trinity, Finningley, Nottinghamshire

Feature Sets (3)


The church consists of a chancel, nave, N aisle, W tower and S porch. The chancel and the N aisle are 14thc. The W tower and the walls of the nave are post-Conquest and appear to date from about 1080. The round-headed tower arch is chamfered, with chamfered imposts, but otherwise plain. On each face of the tower are double round-headed (arcuated lintels) openings with a central shaft between them (the shafts appear to be modern) which have a chamfered impost in place of a capital. The double windows are set within round-headed, chamfered openings. Romanesque sculpture is found on the S doorway and the font.



Exterior Features


S doorway, within porch

Round-headed of two orders in the jambs and three orders in the arch.

w. of opening 1.25 m
First order, arch

Plain apart from a chamfered impost which continues to the second order.

First order, jambs

Simple, weathered inverted cushion or inverted block bases below engaged double shafts. These support the carved capitals and their extensions on the face of the doorway. The capitals have no necking.

W capital: this has traces of cones and a shield suggesting a scalloped form. The upper angle has broken off, but the N shield of the E face survives, decorated with a foliage scroll. To the W of the capital, and on the same block, is a passage of incised lozenge ornament, and inside this an irregular interlace pattern.

E capital: worn to an amorphous block, but mirroring the W capital, it has carving to the E of the capital. This is damaged but comprises an irregular zigzag pattern in low relief.

Chamfered imposts, considerably worn and broken.

The arch has a fat angle roll and a thin fillet between quirks on the face.

Second order jambs

Plain pilasters, without bases, support the chamfered label.

The entire ensemble is very worn.



A plain, circular, sandstone tub-shaped font cemented to a round plinth. Portions of the rim have been repaired, notably on the SE side. The plinth also has some modern repairs. There are traces of paint or plaster on the exterior walls of the font bowl and heavy tooling marks are aslo visible across the outer surface. The bowl is lead-lined.

External diameter 0.72m
Height of plinth, lower step 0.10m
Height of plinth, upper step 0.16m
h. without plinth 0.56m
Internal diameter 0.59m


It is not certain if there was an earlier church on the site. The doorway is elaborate work of c.1080 - a very valuable survival.


  • Holy Trinity and St Oswald Finningley, Church Guide, n.a, n.p, n.d.
  • J. C. Cox, County Churches: Nottinghamshire, London 1912, 91.
  • N. Pevsner and E. Williamson, The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire, 2nd ed. London, 1979. Reprinted (with corrections) 1997, 127.


Site Location
National Grid Reference
SK 669 991 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Nottinghamshire
now: Nottinghamshire
medieval: York
now: Southwell and Nottingham
now: Holy Trinity and St Oswald
medieval: Holy Trinity and St Oswald
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Simon Kirsop