Can you help us identify this Church?

The postcard was used locally, but is it a Nottinghamshire view?

As you can see from the information on the back of the postcard, it was posted in September 1926 in the village of Kelham near Newark in Nottinghamshire. 

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The church, however, is certainly not that at Kelham, nor the one at the nearby village to which it was addressed - Bathley. 

Can you turn detective and help us identify this mystery location?  If so, please submit your informations via the 'add a comment' link at the bottom of this page.  Thank you.

Photo:This blow-up of the buildings to the left of the church might help identify the location

This blow-up of the buildings to the left of the church might help identify the location

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The Miss M Ridge to whom the postcard was sent would be Mary, one of the daughters of Mr and Mrs George Ridge, who lived in a narrow, three-storey cottage that still stands, attached to The Crown Inn at Bathley, and sandwiched tightly between the roads to North Muskham and South Muskham. Mr Ridge was ahead of his time. Born in Winthorpe in 1868, he spent much of his working life as an agricultural labourer and moved from farm to farm almost annually before settling in Bathley. What set him apart from his contemporaries was that he earned enough money to own, rather than rent, not only his family home but an equally snug triangular-shaped cottage nextdoor, in which he eventually installed his brother’s family [references: Sherwood Rural District Council rating lists for 1939-40 and 1941-42]. Mary’s sister Ester (born 1906 in Kelham) married Raymond Rippin at St. Wilfrid’s Church, North Muskham, on 30 July 1927. They lived in a wooden bungalow on Main Street, North Muskham, and Raymond worked his way up to become an inspector with British Waterways [reference: Coronation Village: North Muskham in the 1950s] in the era when barges transported a high percentage of heavy goods. Mary (born 1908 in Fiskerton) remained at home looking after her parents as they aged. Her mother out-lived her hard-working father by a decade or more. Mary remained in Bathley until her death; a grave stone in neighbouring South Muskham Churchyard is inscribed: “In loving memory of Mary Elizabeth Ridge died 21st November 1985 aged 77 years.” The mystery postcard to Mary was most probably despatched by one of the Ridge family who inhabited Kelham Hills Farm for many years. The 1911 census records that the head of that branch of the family was William Ridge, who was born in Bathley in 1844. He was succeeded as the farmer up Kelham Hills by his son, Robert Ernest Ridge, born in 1881. Robert was married in the spring of 1928 [Southwell registration district, volume 7B page 1135] to Miss Emma Hardy, who had thus become “ER” a few months before the postcard was written. But the major mystery remains: where did Emma obtain the postcard that she sent to Mary..? • Information from Trevor Frecknall, author of Coronation Village: North Muskham in the 1950s and Bathley Boy.

By Trevor Frecknell
On 24/11/2011

This is St Mary's Church Staindrop in County Durham. A nice little up market town which would have made a nice holiday destination.

By Andrew Mills
On 15/03/2012

With the help of fellow members of the Southwell & Nottingham Guild of Church Bell Ringers, the church is almost certainly St Mary's Staindrop, Co. Durham. See photos here :

By Christine Hasman
On 15/03/2012

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