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St Mary, Staunton-in-the-Vale, Nottinghamshire

(52°59′4″N, 0°48′19″W)
SK 8030 4370
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Nottinghamshire
now Nottinghamshire
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Simon Kirsop
03 June 2005

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Staunton-in-the-Vale is a small village in the Newark and Sherwood district of E Nottinghamshire, 14 miles E of Nottingham and 6 miles S of Newark. The church consists of chancel with N vestry, nave, N aisle, S porch and tower at E end of the N aisle. The present structure is largely of the 14th century. The church was much restored by E J Wilson of Lincoln in 1854 when the current chancel was built. The only Romanesque feature is the font.


A priest and a church are mentioned in the Domesday survey where 10 bovates in Staunton are listed as being in the lands of Walter D’Aincourt in 1086 and Thorir before the Conquest. The main manor, however, was of 7 bovates and 3 acres, and belonged to the king. By the end of Stephen's reign Staunton was held by one Geoffrey de Staunton, perhaps a descendant of Walter's tenant, and the Stauntons continued as lords of the manor throughout the middle ages.





The font has suffered a high degree of weathering and damage; it could be that it spent some time outside being put to other uses. Fonts with intersecting arcading are not uncommon in the county. Other examples may be seen at Bole, Flawborough and Kirklington.


J H Bateson The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin Staunton-in-the-Vale n.p, n.d

J C Cox, County Churches: Nottinghamshire. London 1912. 196-203

  1. R. Thoroton, Thoroton’s History of Nottinghamshire, 3 vols, ed. J. Throsby, Nottingham 1796, 1, 305-19.

N Pevsner & E Williamson: The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire. 2nd Ed London 1979 Reprinted (with corrections)1997. 337-338