St Laurence Church

St Laurence church is an imposing medieval building which dominates the approach to the village from the east.  It still retains many of its original architectural features: the Norman door, rood stair and 15th century clerestory to mention only a few.  It was sympathetically restored by Ewan Christian in the 19th century.  

Of particular interest is the relationship between Norwell church and Southwell Minster.  There were, and still are, three Norwell prebendaries: Overhall, Palishall and Tertia Pars.  Each had a moated manor house in the village. Their seats can be seen in the Chapter House at Southwell.

Full details of the architecture and history of the church can be found by consulting

Regular services are held each month SERVICES and special events are held throughout the year FORTHCOMING EVENTS.  The church is part of the Beck and Trent Benefice consisting of Norwell, Cromwell, Caunton, Ossington, Sutton on Trent and Carlton on Trent.

From The Area Dean

Dear all,

As you read this article the Ashes has been won.  Trent Bridge Cricket Ground has witnessed a very special victory.  The Ashes retained, pictures of triumphant players will be hung on the club house walls. Until next season there will be a warm and settled feeling by supporters of the England team.  Australia will be planning next year’s fight back.  The victory is only for now, whilst it will be remembered for a long time, the work of growing and building the team must go on if the sport is to continue to be an important part of our national life. 

In many ways there are parallels with our shared Christian adventure. To start with there is a need to train, practise and pray - the necessary elements required for new ways of presenting Jesus to a generation unfamiliar with any sort of faith journey, let alone Jesus presented via the Church of England.   

Our institution “The Church of England” is undergoing extraordinary change. Many of the decisions being made by the national church are freeing up church communities at a local level.  Amongst other things much greater encouragement is being given to congregation members to take active roles in the mission of the life of the church both at a local, diocesan ad national level. 

The key factor in every development of our church life must begin with prayer and forwarded through conversation to test out a growing sense of call to service.

All the churches in the Beck & Trent Group have enormous potential. Potential that has to be drawn out in order that a new generation of diffident followers can become inspiring disciples. 

As I tour around local churches it is a humbling privilege to see first-hand the hard work of often a very few folks who keep the light and love of Jesus alive and relevant.

Revd David Milner, Area Dean



People of all ages and persuasion will be welcome at services.  There is a play area for young children which can be used in services and throughout the week.  Worship is relaxed; traditional Book of Common Prayer and Common Worship services are held. The well-kept and beautiful churchyard with its interesting headstones and grass labyrinth is open for all the village to enjoy.  The views across the water meadows make it an ideal place to sit.

The church makes an important contribution to village life throughout the year and for baptisms, weddings and funerals.

Bell Ringing

Information relating to bell ringing the churches fine peal of six bells is available on the bell ringers' pages.

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