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Holy Rood

Rare classical beauty (built in 1784 by John Carr of York) behind gilded 19th century gates and surrounded by woods on the edge of the village.

Ossington, Nottinghamshire

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Open on request by key from Janet Carr at Home Farm, 01636 821 265 or


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Holy Rood was built alongside Ossington Hall by Robert Denison as a memorial to his brother William, merchant, banker and landowner, who died in 1782. 

In a woodland setting away from the village, it stands on the site of an earlier church, dating back to the 12th century when the manor of Ossington was given first to the abbey of Lenton and then to the Knights of the Hospital of St John.

Some memorials from this first church are preserved in the present one, which still retains its character as an estate church. But the rebuilding to plans of John Carr of York was so thorough that no other traces of the previous building remain.

The church is in excellent condition and contains many interesting monuments and statues, together with some impressive late 19th and 20th century stained glass windows. The most striking is that by George Cooper Abbs.

There is a rare brass on a box tomb dedicated to Reginald Peckham (died 1551) and his wife, Frances Cartwright, whose family acquired Ossington at the Reformation. Several other Cartwright memorials survive including an impressive early 17th century tomb. There are two organs: a Victorian positive organ and a barrel organ of 1836.

The redundant graveyard contains some tombs predating the rebuilding. The new graveyard, was formerly the rose garden of Ossington Hall.

  • Captivating architecture

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Magnificent memorials

  • National heritage here

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Car park at church

  • Parking within 250m

  • Ramp or level access available on request

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Church of England

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