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History of our Church

Welcome to the ancient Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene, Sutton in Ashfield. The building dates from the 13th century and is mainly built from local stone, some parts date from 1170.

Inside consists of a chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and a tower with spire. The bell tower holds eight bells dating from 1900, 1920’s and 1946. One bell bears the inscription says “ Jesus bee our Sped”  

To the left on entry stands the rare piscina which dates from the 12th century.

The chancel was rebuilt in 1854 and the aisles in 1867 and upon entering the Chancel to the right is a stone engraved with a bow and arrow and is said to be in memory of John de Sutton an ancient officer of Sherwood Forest.

William de Sutton was  priest of Sutton in Ashfield  in the 14th century. A private William de Sutton seal was found in 1987  by accident in the Churchyard.

The William de Sutton seals have now been offered back to the Church by his family.

There are several ancient memorials around the Church and the beautiful stained glass windows are well worth a visit to explore and see these.

The Church hall named the Magdalene Centre built-in 1960 stands at the side of the vicarage and a foundation stone was laid by Bishop Russell Barry of Southwell.