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Church, free entry

Wales St John the Baptist

Wales St John the Baptist


Sarah Arthur

0845 652 9634

0777 987 5642


Church Street,
S26 5LQ


Please visit out lovely church, which has been a place where worship has been offered to God for over 1000 years.

The original Norman church was constructed during the reign of Henry I (d 1135). The tower was constructed in the 15th century and in 1897 a new nave and south aisle were added. The original nave and chancel now form part of the Lady Chapel with a beautiful Norman chancel arch on which is a curious carved head. Also in the Lady Chapel there is a medieval grave cover and a memorial to Sir Thomas Hewitt, surveyor of works to King George I. There are very attractive Norman nave bosses, showing coats of arms of local gentry and two unusual carvings of 'Green Men'.

The Norman font stands at the entrance to the 15th century tower and has a modern carved cover. The tower houses three bells the oldest which is dated 1425. The other two bells date from 1618 and 1630.

The wooden pulpit standing at the north side of the nave dates from 1727 and would originally have been canopied and double deckered. The imposing brass eagle lectern was donated in 1893.

The south porch protects an impressive 12th century doorway. It has a fine tympanum with upcurved base and a chequer patterned surrounded by a lozenge band. The band consists of wonderful alternate human and bird head carvings.

Coach parties acceptedFacilities for educational visitsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Opening details

Excluding school holidays. Please bear in mind that heritage faith sites are all working buildings and may be closed on some days for special occasions. Please contact HERITAGE INSPIRED for latest opening times of our partner sites.


Free entry

May charge for some activities and events.


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Map reference: SK 477826  Lat: 53.33815 Long: -1.28508

M1 J31. Take A57 towards Sheffield. At roundabout turn left onto A618 Mansfield Road. Turn left onto B6059 School Road into Wales. Cross motorway bridge and turn right into Church Street. Church is on the left.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Kiveton Park station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
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