The church building is open at least dawn until dusk every day

Getting here

St Peters is at the heart of the community of Sibthorpe, we have servcies on the 1st Sunday of the month alternating between 8.30am and 10.30am, both are Holy Communion.

The church is open dawn until dusk most days

The church and community are working together to enable the church to be used for worship and be opened up for community events. We look foward to positives outcomes as we strive together to design new facilities of a toilet and serving units, and as we look towards different funding opportunities.

The Parish of St Peter’s Sibthorpe Nottinghamshire

Church at the heart of our Community

Home to Roost Funding Programme

At a glance

Sibthorpe is a small village in Nottinghamshire near Newark. Underneath the surface of this quiet place lies an important history – Sibthorpe was once a place of considerable note. There was an important and wealthy college of priests where many people lived

The village now has 50 houses and continues to be a thriving community of friends, neighbours and is welcoming of visitors.

The church is our only shared communal building and we want it to continue to be the hub of village life in future.

Thus we plan to develop the church as per the details overleaf – all at a cost of £57,000. We are hoping to raise grant funding for the developments.

Alongside these developments, we need to make good the church building itself, with continuing maintenance works of pointing and drainage improvements to the tower, repairing the internal plasterwork and decoration. This could cost a further £57,000. Therefore we aim to raise the bulk of these funds from the:

Home to Roost Funding Programme:

In the field to the east of the church stands a spectacular example of a circular dovecote, also a Grade 1 Listed Building, dating from the 13th century. Built of stone with a conical tiled roof this is the earliest and largest of its kind in

Nottinghamshire. It is approximately 9 metres in diameter by 15 metres in height and contains 1,148 nesting chambers.

Our fund raising scheme is to make the inside of the dovecote into a striking art installation by filling it with coloured doves in keeping with its former purpose

Please sponsor a dove to be placed in a nesting chamber of the Dovecote.

For your donation

 Your dove, made from coloured acrylic plastic is placed in the dovecote for ever.

 You will receive a commemorative book about the history of the dovecote, church and community through time. The book will contain wonderful photographs taken by an award winning photographer who lives in the village.

 You receive two tickets to a festival – with talks by historical experts, poetry and music on a theme and visit all the doves in the dovecote

 Your name is placed in a Book of Record

 We suggest a donation of £50

If you would like to make a donation please complete a donation sheet or call

Judy Montgomerie on 01636 525262. or

Church at the heart of our  Community

Home to Roost  Funding Programme

Valuing the richness of the past;

acknowledging the present;

and planning for the future.

A taster of the history:

A church at Sibthorpe existed at the time of the Domesday survey in 1086, but nothing now remains of this early building.

The earliest fabric of our Grade 1 listed building is found in the simple west tower built of rubble stone and erected in the 13th century. Although the core of the nave may have fabric of similar date, it was much restored and partially reconstructed in the 17th century. During these works the former south aisle was demolished, although the evidence of its former existence may be seen in the blocked arcades in the exterior north wall. The windows in this wall date from the 14th century and were once located in the now vanished aisle. The south nave wall now has simple 18th century windows which contrast with the complex medieval work elsewhere. The chancel dates from the 14th century and has a beautiful east window and an Easter Sepulchre both dating from that period.

The richness of the work from this period may be explained by the fact that a College of Chantry Priests was founded here in 1324 by Thomas de Sibthorpe which was subsequently suppressed by Henry VIII in 1540.

The following plan shows the current layout and historical changes

The Tower contains a set of four bells originally installed in the 1620s and recast and set in a cast iron H frame in 1893 by Taylors of Loughborough.

For a full history of the church please come and visit us or check out the website: sibthorpe/hhistory.php


Much needed repairs

In 1853 a thorough restoration of the church was undertaken. Between 1985 and 1988 a great deal of repair was carried out and the present wooden floor dates from 1991 when the Victorian quarry tiles were removed.


Providing for both the spiritual and social needs of the community

Our proposed amenity development works are:

 Providing an accessible toilet within the confines of the ground floor of the church tower to avoid any alteration to the external appearance of the building.

 Providing a Refreshment Servery at the rear of the Nave and Insertion of a door between the Chancel and the Vestry

 Enhancing the bell ringing capability by making the pull length shorter by installing a mezzanine floor in the tower with a new stairway access.

Continuing maintenance and repairs

A Grade I listed building needs continuous repairs and our Home to Roost Funding Programme hopes to sustain these needs.


Church Lane
NG23 5PN

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