The church consists of nave, S porch, N aisle, N chapel, chancel and W tower, built of rubble limestone with some ashlar. The church and churchyard lie close to the angle of two roads, opposite a park.
Adwick-le-Street takes its name from the Roman road between Doncasterand Castleford, the suffix distinguishing it from Adwick-on-Dearne. The road also forms part of the parish boundary with Brodsworth. The settlement is named in Domesday Book, but the first mention of a church is when it was given, c.1170x1181, to the Cistercian nuns of Hampole Priory two miles away (Hunter 1828, 352-6; VCH 1913, 163). There is however a reference to Hampole in existence as a Benedictine house in 1156 (English Heritage/National Monuments Record website), in which case the gift, although unrecorded, may have been 1156x1181.
|Height of opening||2.4m|
|Width of opening||1.41m|
Continuous, plain and square.
Free-standing shaft. Capitals massive, extremely worn and hard to define, perhaps a twin scallop form; unusually, they also contrive to carry the third order arch. Impost has deep chamfer, quirk near bottom of upright. In the arch, a roll moulding similar to the shaft in dimensions, but not running in line with it.
|Width within chamfer||0.35m|
|Depth of alcove||0.315m|
|Height of arch above highest seat||1.09m|
|Width of sedilia within chamfer||1.345m|
|Capital, max. side face||0.25m|
|Plinth, broken longer side||w. 0.28m|
|Plinth ht. approx.||0.125m|
|Plinth, shorter but complete side||0.205m|
A plain square plinth with waterholding bases for two columns.
The fragment is inverted on the sill. In the style of the late 12th-century work.
R. H. Brooks, A brief history and guide to Adwick-le-Street and the Church of St. Laurence c.1150, Doncaster 1997.
W. Page (ed.), Victoria County History: Yorkshire vol. III, 1913 (reprinted 1974).
Joseph Hunter, South Yorkshire, Deanery of Doncaster 1, Nichols, London, 1828.
G. Lawton, Collectio rerum ecclesiasticarum de diocesi Eboracensi; or, collections relative to churches and chapels within the Diocese of York. To which are added collections relative to churches and chapels within the diocese of Ripon., New edition, London, 1842.
J. E. Morris, The West Riding of Yorkshire, London, 2nd ed. (1911) 1923.
N. Pevsner, revised by E. Radcliffe, The Buildings of England, Yorkshire, The West Riding, Harmondsworth, 1967.
J Raine, The Dedications of the Yorkshire Churches, Yorkshire Archaeological Journal , 2 (1873).
P. F. Ryder, Saxon Churches in South Yorkshire, South Yorkshire County Council Archaeology Monograph no.2. Sheffield, 1982.