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St John of Jerusalem, Winkburn, Nottinghamshire

(53°7′1″N, 0°56′15″W)
SK 712 583
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Nottinghamshire
now Nottinghamshire
  • Simon Kirsop
  • Simon Kirsop
29 June 2004

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Winkburn is a village in the Newark and Sherwood district of the county, 6 miles NW of Newark. The church is of dressed coursed rubble, rendered except for the tower. It consists of chancel, nave, S porch and W tower. The doorway in the S porch, the openings in the tower and the tower arch are Romanesque. The fabric of the church appears to be largely 11th/12thc.. An inscription on the tower tells of a restoration in 1632. There was a further restoration in 1996.


Though a church at Winkburn is mentioned in the Domesday Survey its position is not certain. In the middle of the 12thc. the church and village were in the possession of the Order of St John of Jerusalem and remained in their possession until the dissolution. Edward VI gave the property to Thomas Burnell Auditor to Henry VIII in 1549.


Exterior Features



Exterior Decoration


Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches

Pevsner considers that the S door was originally on the W side of the tower. The beakheads lack regularity and vary greatly not only in state of preservation but also competence of execution. The tower arch is unusual in the form of the chevron in the arch and the profile of the imposts.

The church would appear to be unusual in the quantity of 17thc. furnishing remaining including the altar table, communion rails, pulpit and chancel screen with Royal Arms (George III) and pews.


Anon., Winkburn Church St John of Jerusalem, Church Guide, n.a, n.p, n.d.

J C Cox, County Churches: Nottinghamshire. London 1912, 235-36.

Historic England Listed Building: English Heritage Legacy ID: 242203

N Pevsner and E Williamson, The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire. 2nd Ed

Harmondsworth 1979. Reprinted (with corrections) 1997, 380.