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St Peter and St Paul, Todwick, Yorkshire, West Riding

(53°21′5″N, 1°15′11″W)
SK 498 841
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Yorkshire, West Riding
now South Yorkshire
medieval York
now Sheffield
  • David Hey
  • Rita Wood
26 May 2011, 21 August 2017

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Todwick is a small village part of the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham. The church lies to the W of the village and consists of a 11thc rectangular nave partially altered by the addition of 18thc windows, a Decorated-style chancel, a Perpendicular tower of three stages, and a S porch added in the late 18thc.

Romanesque sculpture is found on the blocked round-headed N doorway, the late 12thc S doorway and the chancel arch.


The Domesday Survey records that in 1066 the manor valued £2 and was held by Regnvald; in 1086 it passed under the lordship of Richard of Sourdeval, being Count Robert of Mortain tenant-in-chief in 1086. A church is recorded in Domesday Book. The manor passed to Ralph Paynel, from whom it descended to the Paynells of Hooton Pagnell, and then to the Luterels; however, by 1200 the advowson of the church seems to have gone to the Tortemains family.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

In 1860 Stephen Glynne commented that ‘the churchyard is unusually large for so small a parish’. He visited the church on 13 April 1860 (Butler 2007, 414).

According to Peter Ryder, the aisleless nave is the earliest part of the church, dating from the 11thc ‘Overlap’ period, and is constructed of coursed local Rotherham Red sandstone as used at Laughton-en-le-Morthen; side-alternate quoins remain in the lower part of the south-eastern angle of the nave. ‘The blocked N door, although partly reconstructed at some later date, shows some features which are stylistically pre-Conquest’ (Ryder 1982, 99; pl. X).

The S doorway is ‘later Norman’ (Pevsner 1967, 522), that is, of late 12thc date.

The chancel arch has been ‘much remodelled’ (Pevsner); ‘subject to much alteration’ (Ryder); 'is low and obtuse, perhaps modern' (Glynne). It is reminiscent of the chancel arch at Husthwaite, North Riding, but has no plain and chamfered imposts as that has.

The arch to the porch might be taken for 12thc or earlier, but no architectural experts have said so, and Ryder phases the porch to 13th or 14thc.


Borthwick Institute Faculty papers 1905/16.

The Yorkshire Church Notes of Sir Stephen Glynne 1825-1874, ed. by L. Butler, Leeds 2007, 414.

J. Hunter, South Yorkshire, II, London 1831, 158-61.

The Buildings of England: Yorkshire, The West Riding, London 2003, 522-3.

P. F. Ryder, Saxon Churches in South Yorkshire, Barnsley 1982, 99.

Fasti Parochiales, ed. by A. Hamilton Thompson and C.T. Clay, vol. II, part II, Leeds 1943, 94-97.