Greasley - St Mary's Church
w/e 07 July 2002

Update 24 March 2013
The images on this page were captured in 2002 but the text has now been revised as I have been informed that the Tea Rooms, a private business that hired part of the Church Hall and operated from there, ceased trading in December 2011. Please note there are no longer any Tea Rooms operating from here.

Car Park

If you're ever in the Eastwood/Moorgreen area of Nottinghamshire with an hour to spare, you could do far worse than pull off the road into this car park at Greasley. The building on the left is the Church Hall.
Church Hall

Seen here from the churchyard, the Hall is an integral part of church life and is also available as a venue for community events, clubs, groups and other private meetings and celebrations.
St Mary's Church

The Church Hall stands alongside some private residences in the shadow of the Anglican church St Mary's, Greasley (website).
Church Interior

Although situated in the heart of England, St Mary's Church has several links with historical seafaring figures.
Church of St Mary The Virgin, Greasley

A church has stood on this site for over a thousand years although much of the main body of the present building dates from the nineteenth century. The parish records of 1603 however record the mariage of John Robinson, Pastor to the Pilgrim Fathers who gave a farewell address to the Fathers before they set sail on the Mayflower.
Benjamin Drawater's Tomb

Among several interesting gravestones in the churchyard is this one for Benjamin Drawater who was ship's surgeon to Captain Cook. One of the two plaques contains a crude map of the world showing Cook's route and the other bears this inscription.
Plaque 1
 "Underneath lies the mortal remains of Benj. Drawater, gentleman of Mansfield, late of Eastwood who suddenly departed this life Plaque 2on the 2nd of June 1815 in the 88th year of his age. In his professional duty he had accompanied the great circumnavigator Cook in the years 1772-1776. His virtues were commendable and exemplary and were highly esteemed by his friends and relations and his surviving family. He was a pious and good Christian. He lived respected and died lamented"

Click "A Trip up the Tower" for more from Greasley Church.

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