Friday, 2 July 2021

Churches (106) : St Editha, Polesworth

The parish church of St Editha in Polesworth was formerly Polesworth Abbey, a Benedictine nunnery founded in the 9th century. Little of the nunnery cloisters now remain after the Abbey buildings were dismantled following the dissolution (much of the stone was used to built Polesworth Manor) though the 12th century church survives as does a 14th century gatehouse.

The nave and North aisle are 12th century with the large tower being added in the 14th century. The top of the tower dates from restoration work in the 17th and 18th centuries. A chancel and a North porch were added during a restoration in 1869. The church is made from sandstone ashlar.