The romantic ruins of this historic church and churchyard, which are registered as a Scheduled Ancient Monument, offer an idyllic location overlooking Annesley Hall and Park. The grade II* listed park is nestled in the midst of Annesley Forest, where you can find the site of a former Mott and Bailey castle.
The church is a Grade I listed building, inside the church and adjoining graveyard many members of the Chaworth-Muster family were buried, who lived in the Hall. The church is mentioned by D. H. Lawrence in ‘The White Peacock’. Lord Byron was a regular visitor to the Hall and Church, views of Annesley Park can be seen from nearby Diadem Hill – the assumed location of Byron’s poem, ‘The Dream’. Annesley; “Where my thoughtless childhood stray’d …” as Byron wrote and was an inspiration for much of his work.
The church and churchyard are open all year round for visitors to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and extensive rural views across Annesley Park. The site is managed to encourage many varieties of wild flowers along with more unusual species of birds.
Annesley Old Church, Nottingham NG15 0AS
A608 Mansfield Road, Just off Junction 27 of the M1, Annesley