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The famous Easter Sepulchre at All Saints Church Hawton

Hawton,  a small village in Nottinghamshire, in the Diocese of Southwell and the Deanery of Newark, is situated on the River Devon, 1.5 miles south of Newark.  The parish church of All Saints is the only medieval building in the village.  The village itself is now small, with only around 30 houses and a population of 54, and the Church is at its centre (see photo of the church in its village surroundings as shown on ITV at 7.30pm on 18th January, 2018 (Molly is the hen in the foreground). The Church itself is built of Ancaster stone and lias (limestone)  and, from the road, looks as though it was constructed in one operation at about 1480.  However,  the church shows it has a more complex history.  The first church was probably built in 1280 under the supervision of Robert de Compton, who was given the lands of Hawton by Edward I. Subsequently the nave was built in the 14th century and the tower in the 15th . The simple font also dates from the 14th century. The oak screen probably dates from the latter half of the 15thC. Of the many interesting features in Hawton Church, the 14thC Easter Sepulchre is the most famous. Although Easter Sepulchres were common in the Middle Ages, they were rarely permanent fixtures. There are other examples in the area but none of them are as ornate as Hawton's.  It has been said there is not a better example in England.

The Great West Door, the East Window, the double Piscina and the nine identified saints carved on the Sedilia combine to make this small church partuicularly fascinating.  There has been conjecture that masons and carpenters from York, Lincoln and Southwell may have worked on these features.

View of Hawton Church from the viewpoint of hens in the village (taken from ITV programme on 18th January, 2018 (7.30pm))

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Helen Tyrer | Reply 18.04.2019 16.37

It costs around £500 with extras included. Bookings are made at St Peter's Church, Farndon.

Sarah | Reply 13.04.2019 11.33

How much is it to have a wedding at the church

Leanne McCullagh | Reply 05.09.2018 15.18

Hi do you do christenings and how much are they please

Kelly | Reply 27.08.2018 15.04

His do you do weddings. If so have you have the 20th July 19 free please

Helen Tyrer 27.08.2018 22.08

We have weddings regularly at the church, but they have to be booked at St Peter's Church, Farndon on Tuesdays at 7pm.

CALIRE | Reply 22.03.2018 14.03


Helen Tyrer 23.03.2018 19.43

The incumbent (vicar) owns the church. We do not have one until 11th April, so your intriguing question still needs to be answered in the absence of a vicar.

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18.04 | 16:37

It costs around £500 with extras included. Bookings are made at St Peter's Church, Farndon.

13.04 | 11:33

How much is it to have a wedding at the church

04.10 | 19:25

Dear Gillian,
The dates of the performances of the Newarke Canterbury Tales are on the Events Page. There may also be one in Canterbury in March.

04.10 | 16:55

Helen, Prof Tyrer gave me a programme for The Newarke Canterbury Tales but there are no places, dates and times on it. Kind regards

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